1794 LARGE CENT -
Rarity: Very Common
Images courtesy of WH
PCGS MS-67. Red and
Brown. Ex - Superior Galleries
"Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot
365, sold for $92,000.00 Ex Lincoln Seagrave-S. H. & H.
Chapman 2/1903:1197-Allison W. Jackman-Henry Chapman
6/1918:695-Henry C. Hines-Dr. William H. Sheldon 4/19/72-R. E.
Naftzger, Jr.,2/23/92-Eric Streiner-Jay Parrino (The Mint).
PCGS MS-67 Red and Brown
(illustrated below). Ex - Proskey - Henry C. Hines - Dr. William H.
Sheldon - Roy E. Naftzger - Jay Parrino ("The Mint") - Ira &
Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "California
Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1397, where it was described (in part)
as follows: "... far and away the finest known of the variety and
tied for the finest known of the type with one other graded MS-67 brown
(of another variety). Examination finds virtually no sign of contact, the
fields and devices are as struck. The only tiny mark we could locate is on
the dentils below the 4 in the date, which serves to identify this as the
above mentioned coin, plated in the Sheldon reference work as well as the
Noyes book. A more beautiful coin could scarcely be imagined. Furthermore,
this is the "full cheeks" variety, long popular with collectors,
and almost never available in grades even approaching mint state.
As to the color, the satiny brown luster still shows forth several areas
of original mint red, mostly near the devices. Fully struck by the dies,
with the curious "rust" feature on Liberty's neck and in the
field around the date, as noted in Sheldon. Struck from a lightly cracked
obverse die, with a crack extending through the L of LIBERTY to the rim
just right of the 4 in the date. The surfaces are free of specks, ticks or
other signs of age or mishandling. One can only imagine that this coin was
somehow set aside at the time of issue, and carefully preserved to this
PCGS graded MS-65 Brown.
Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29,
2001, Lot 1096, illustrated, "...EAC grade MS60+...", not sold
PCGS MS-61 Brown
and Del Bland graded VF-35. Ex
- Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s
"Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot
258, "Sheldon-24, Rarity-1, illustrated, sold for $4,830.00, Ex: Mike Follett Rare Coin Co.
8/75; Del Bland; Myles Z. Gerson; Denis W. Loring; Jack H. Robinson,
Superior Galleries 1/89:38; Dr. Robert J. Shalowitz 2/89."
PCGS AU-55 and Del
Bland VF-35. Ex - Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson
Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 259,
"Sheldon-24, Rarity-1, illustrated, sold for $4,830.00, Ex: Superior Galleries 10/91:678;
Larry Briggs Rare Coins; David Henderson (Whittier Coins); Superior
Galleries Douglas F. Bird."
"AU-50". Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long
Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 366, sold for
$9,200.00 Ex Superior 2/8/99:1968-Dr. Wallace Lee.
Net EF-45, sharpness AU-50. Ex - Auctions by Bowers and
Merena, Inc.'s "The Norweb Collection: Early American and U.S.
Coins, Part III", November 14-15, 1988, Lot 2701 Purchased
from Henry Chapman on November 13, 1908
XF-40 Corroded. Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s
"Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot
5041, "1794 Head of 1794, Sheldon-24, Rarity-1", not
illustrated, sold for $379.50 Ex:
Mail Bid Sale (Coin Galleries, 5/1987), lot 1152
F12. Ex -
Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29,
2001, Lot 1097, illustrated, sold for $1,035.00
Del Bland graded
VG-7. Ex - Ira &
Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson
Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 260, "
'Head of 1794,' Sheldon-24, Rarity-1", not illustrated, sold
"Penny Whimsy" by Dr. William H. Sheldon
Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen
Early American Coppers