1794 S-21 R-3 PCGS AU 55 Head of 94 Liberty Cap Large Cent Coin 1c


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PCGS authenticated and graded AU 55.  Frosty light brown and tan with mint state eye appeal but there is a touch of friction on the highest points of the hair. There is a mint-made planchet fissure from the right side of the E in ONE to the left top of the E in AMERICA. Otherwise this cent is absolutely choice with flowline luster covering the fields and protected areas on both sides. 

Sharply struck LDS, Breen state V. All the obverse die cracks and die clash marks described by Breen are present. The reverse is uncracked, as always. The “die crack” from the N in CENT to the right loop in the ribbon bow is a clash mark, not a crack as described by Breen. Nicely centered on the planchet with clearly defined dentils around both sides. 

The obverse of this cent is plated on page 4 of the 1979 Morley reference on the cents of 1794 to illustrate the AU55 grade. Tied for CC#5 in the Noyes census, his photo #25147. Bland says tied for CC#6 in his census. Comes with a provenance that can be traced back well over 100 years. 

Ex; Peter Gschwend (who acquired it prior to 1871) – William H. Woodin, Thomas L. Elder #18, 6/1908:529 – unknown – Superior 10/1978:996 – Steve Ivy Rare Coin Co. – Thomas N. Shipp, Jr., Christies of New York 9/1986:224 – Herman Halpern, Stack’s 3/16/1988:24 – Robert E. Matthews, Superior 5/28/1989:146 – Tom Morley 9/29/1989 – Daniel W. Holmes, Jr. 7/2005 – Chris McCawley 7/25/2005 – Jon A. Boka – Dr. Mark D. Cadden Collection

Year – 1794
Variety – S-21
Rarity – 3

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs

Large Cent




Flowing Hair



Certification Number



AU 55

Country/Region of Manufacture

United States


Liberty Cap




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