Important 1799 1C VF25 PCGS. S-189, B-3, R.2. This pleasing piece has excellent detail and attractive color, incorporating tan, olive, and dark brown on both sides. There is faint surface roughness that is only visible with a glass, and obviously was of no concern to PCGS. A few other blemishes are noted, but all of the imperfections are consistent with a middle grade circulated large cent of the late 1790s. Of course, specialists and novice collectors alike understand the importance of this key date issue. It is one of the big three large cent dates along with 1793 and 1804. Those are the dates that every collector must acquire to have a date cent of the denomination. MRB Fine 12.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 2246, PCGS# 1443)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 100% Copper
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(1781) Medal Libertas Americana Copper AU58 NGC. Betts-615, Loubat-14. Designed by Augustin Dupre, on commission from Benjamin Franklin, the Libertas Americana medal occupies the number one spot in the list of the 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens. The obverse depicts a head of Liberty beneath the motto LIBERTAS AMERICANA, with the July 4, 1776 date below. The reverse displays Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and war, defending the infant United States from Britain. The legend, NON SINE DIIS ANIMOSUS INFANS, translates to "Not without the gods is the infant courageous." The two dates in exergue represent the British surrendering at Saratoga on October 17, 1777, and at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. The medal, with its beautiful Flowing Hair motif, had a profound influence on the design of early U.S. coinage.
This impressive near-Mint specimen shows just a trace of friction on the sharply detailed design elements and the pleasing olive-brown surfaces are free of mentionable abrasions. A few hints of original mint luster shine through the patina. The overall presentation is most attractive. Census: 7 in 58, 30 finer (11/18). (NGC ID# CXPN, PCGS# 151815)
1793 1C Chain, AMERICA, Periods, S-4, B-5, R.3, VF25 PCGS. There is no evidence of the die cracks that are usually visible at the lower left obverse. The periods after the date and LIBERTY on the obverse of this distinctive variety provide immediate identification, and they are both visible on this example. The surfaces are smooth intermingled tan and steel-brown on the obverse, and chocolate-brown on the reverse. A small patch of maroon patina is noted behind the upper hair locks. The surfaces have trivial marks and scratches that are only visible with a glass. A few rim marks are evident on the obverse. Our EAC grade Fine 12. (NGC ID# 223F, Variety PCGS# 35444, Base PCGS# 91341)
1794 S-24 R1 PCGS graded AU50, CAC Approved. Very attractive glossy medium brown and light chocolate. The surfaces are choice and the eye appeal of this cent is outstanding. The only notable marks are a small stain of darker toning with tiny verdigris specks over IB in LIBERTY, a tick on the truncation over the 1 in the date, and a small rim nick over the T in UNITED. MDS, Breen state IV, with a fine die crack through the L to the back of the head and a faint die crack from the rim up to the truncation just right of the date. Our grade is VF35. A beautiful cent that comes with a nice provenance. The attribution and Trollan provenance are noted on the PCGS label. PCGS population 2; 9 finer for the variety, 8 in BN, 1 in RB.
Ex Lawrence O. Ross, Stack's 10/1953:446 (as "UNC")-Herman Halpern, Stack's 3/16/1988:31 (as EF45)-J. R. Frankenfield, McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Superior 2/17/2001:217-Dan Trollan Collection.
1794 1C Head of 1794, S-65, B-51, R.1, AU50 PCGS. Breen Die State VI. The "Shielded Hair" variety, known for bold definition on Liberty's neck and shoulder curls. This better-grade steel-gray example shows light wear on the hair over the ear. The obverse is uncommonly void of contact. Our EAC grade XF45. (NGC ID# 223P, Variety PCGS# 35654, Base PCGS# 901374)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 100% Copper
1794 S-72 R2 Exact Head of 1795 PCGS graded AU53. Frosty light chocolate brown with subtle hints of reddish chocolate brown toning in protected areas at the bottom of the reverse. Smooth surfaces, free of any hint of corrosion or verdigris. Just a few insignificant marks including a thin vertical nick in the center of the jawline and a tiny nick inside the top of the E in CENT. MDS, Breen state III. The die crack at TY is clear but the small lump has not formed between the hair and the T. A slightly curved planchet clip (as struck) affects the dentils left of the date and the opposing ones at TE in STATES. In addition there is doubling from die bounce on the tip of the nose, lips, and chin with stronger doubling along the upper edge of the bust. Called VF35 net VF30 and tied for CC#14 in the Noyes census, his photo #58200. Our grade is VF35+, close to EF40. A very attractive example of the Exact Head of 1795 variety (which was graded MS62BN by PCGS when it sold in our Koshkarian sale on 2/12/2017). The attribution and Koshkarian-Trollan provenance are noted on the PCGS label. PCGS population 3; 1 finer in 55 for the variety. Ex Europe-American Numismatic Rarities 12/2003:339-Tom Reynolds, McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Superior 5/29/2005:1218-March Wells, McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Goldbergs 2/1/2009:552-Haig Koshkarian, McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Goldbergs 2/12/2017:12 (where it was in a PCGS MS62BN slab)-Chris McCawley 5/2018-Dan Trollan Collection.