Coins Certified as of 10/7

My Coin #19252679

1795 1C Reeded Edge, BN G4BN

PCGS#: 1383

Owner's Comments

S79 Newcomb/Hines/Sheldon

Expert Comments

Gordon Wrubel: The 1795 Reeded Edge (Sheldon-79) is one of the rarest of all major large cent varieties. Only seven survivors are confirmed, all in low grade. In fact, the finest known is a PCGS graded VG10 coin. In September, 2009, the PCGS graded VG10 became the first large cent to sell for over a million dollars when it brought $1,265,000 in the sale of the Dan Holmes collection.

David Hall: There are only seven known examples of this "experimental" striking. The PCGS VG10 from the Dan Holmes collection is the finest known. It was sold at the Ira and Larry Goldberg auction of the Holmes Collection September 6, 2009 for $1,265,000. The buyer was Florida dealer Greg Hannigan, bidding on behalf of a private collector.

P. Scott Rubin: The 1795 Reeded Edge large cent is the first U.S. copper coin to reach the million dollar figure at auction. This coin is graded only Very Good-10 by PCGS and is the finest known. The reason this coin is so valuable can trace its desirability to the book Early American Cents 1793-1814 by William Sheldon. Dr. Sheldon numbered coins in his book in two categories the first group were coins that could be found by collectors and the second group coins that were so rare that they were called Non-Collectables or NC’s. So it was possible to collect all the regular numbered coins and finish the collection yet still not have every know variety.

The coin given the number 79 in his book was the rarest collectable coin in the numbered series. This coin was the 1795 Reeded Edge variety (the coin is also struck from dies not used with other edge types) which then became the most desirable and hardest coin in the numbered series to obtain, the stopper as it were of the Early Date Large Cents.

Over the years some of the NC coins have become more available than the 1795 S-79 and some collections of large cents have been put together lacking only this number. So waiting on the sidelines for years in some cases has been the only way to complete the Sheldon Numbered collection of Large Cents. When one appears a few collectors with deep pockets are there to compete hence the first million dollar large cent is the S-79.

Diameter: 28.00 millimeters Designer: Attributed to Robert Scot Edge: Reeded
Mintage: N/A Weight: 10.89 grams Metal Content: Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 8 R-9.6 2 / 11 2 / 12
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 11 1 / 12
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 11 1 / 12

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 VG10 PCGS grade Clapp - Newcomb - Sheldon - Naftzger - Holmes - Goldbergs 9/2009, Lot 128, $1,265,000
2 VG8 Estimated grade   Steigerwalt - Clapp - American Numismatic Society
3 G6 estimated grade   Homer Downing - Robinson Brown - G. Lee Kuntz
3 G4 PCGS grade

The discovery coin for the variety.  David Proskey - Henry C. Hines - Dr. William H. Sheldon - Dorothy Paschal - Newport Sale, 2/1975 - NASCA 11/1977:96


5 G4 PCGS grade   Bowers & Merena 11/2008:1143, $402,500