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SERIES: Flowing Hair Wreath Cents 1793
LEVEL: Minor Variety or Die Variety

1793 Wreath 1C S-11b Lettered Edge, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62BN

PCGS AU55+BN

PCGS AU53BN
PCGS #:
35474
Diameter:
27.00 millimeters
Designer:
Attributed to Henry Voight
Weight:
13.48 grams
Edge:
Lettered: ONE HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Mintage:
63,353
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$76,375 • PCGS MS62BN • 1-31-2016 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
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Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN estimated grade  

Coinhunter 12/2005:371 - Stack's 1/2009:50 - Heritage 8/2012:5021 - Heritage 1/2013:5520, not sold

2 AU55+ PCGS grade

Ed Frossard Collection - Ed Frossard 10/1884:834 - T. Harrison Garrett - Robert Garrett, 1919 - John Work Garrett - Johns Hopkins University - Stack's 3/1976:18 - Gary Sturtridge (The House of Stuart, Ltd.) - Jan Bronson (Western Coin Exchange) - Michael Kliman (Numismatic Enterprises) - Kenneth M. Goldman - George Szykier - Kenneth M. Goldman - Martin Haber 8/1990 - Dr. Robert J. Shalowitz 8/1990 - Denis W. Loring 5/1991 - John B. MacDonald - Denis W. Loring - Heritage 1/2012:3029, $86,250

3 AU53 PGS grade

From England - Dallas coin show - Bill Yates 8/2007 - Ed Hipps - Chris Victor-McCawley 1/2008 - Daniel W. Holmes Collection - Goldbergs 9/2009:19 - Wes Rasmussen Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5519, $41,125

4 VF30 PGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN estimated grade  

Coinhunter 12/2005:371 - Stack's 1/2009:50 - Heritage 8/2012:5021 - Heritage 1/2013:5520, not sold

2 AU55+ PCGS grade

Ed Frossard Collection - Ed Frossard 10/1884:834 - T. Harrison Garrett - Robert Garrett, 1919 - John Work Garrett - Johns Hopkins University - Stack's 3/1976:18 - Gary Sturtridge (The House of Stuart, Ltd.) - Jan Bronson (Western Coin Exchange) - Michael Kliman (Numismatic Enterprises) - Kenneth M. Goldman - George Szykier - Kenneth M. Goldman - Martin Haber 8/1990 - Dr. Robert J. Shalowitz 8/1990 - Denis W. Loring 5/1991 - John B. MacDonald - Denis W. Loring - Heritage 1/2012:3029, $86,250

3 AU53 PGS grade

From England - Dallas coin show - Bill Yates 8/2007 - Ed Hipps - Chris Victor-McCawley 1/2008 - Daniel W. Holmes Collection - Goldbergs 9/2009:19 - Wes Rasmussen Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5519, $41,125

4 VF30 PGS grade

Ron Guth: Sheldon 11b is an edge variant of the popular 1793 Wreath Cents design.  On this sub-variety, the edge is lettered ONE HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR with two leaves after DOLLAR (as opposed to the single leaves on Sheldon 11c).  S-11b is considered a Rarity 4 (or Very Scarce) variety, by high-grade examples are quite rare.  The finest example is the Ellsworth-Sheldon-Naftzger-Reynolds coin, graded MS62BN by PCGS in 2015.  This remarkable coin is at least ten points finer than any other example yet seen.

Breen noted that this variety often comes with planchet laminations.  Because these defects were mint-made, they should not affect the value unless the defects are large, obvious, or numerous.  Perfect, brown planchets are the ideal, but they are encountered rarely.