PCGS grade. Ex. Clapp; to LE (1942). Sold by Bowers & Merena May '96 price realized $38,500. Lot #394. Image courtesy of the ESM Collection.
Variety Equivalents: Gilbert 1, Breen 3
As with all 1793 Half Cent varieties, this is a relatively scarce one. Most examples are circulated, they are all valuable, and finding a problem-free example is difficult. At least six Mint State examples are known, the finest of which is the Gem Uncirculated PCGS MS65BN example from the Missouri Cabinet (illustrated above). No Red-Brown or Red examples exist of the 1793 Cohen 3, though the Missouri Cabinet coin, with its traces of original mint red, comes very close.
The obverse die of this variety was also used on 1793 Cohen 4.
The reverse die of this variety was also used on 1793 Cohen 2.
Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters' (Second Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen
Related collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club
Douglas Weaver Rare Coin Co. 1/1972 - George W. "Hank" Rodgers, sold privately 3/1972 - R. Tettenhorst - Eric P. Newman Education Society/Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.3.1) - Goldbergs 1/2014:4, $718,750
Charles Morris - S. H & H. Chapman 4/1905:857 (plated in error as lot 897), $28 - Allison W. Jackman Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1918:851, $52 - Virgil M. Brand Collection - Howard Rounds Newcomb (valued by Newcomb at $35), sold privately in 1935 - B. Max Mehl, sold privately - Col. E. H. R. Green Collection, appraised by his estate at $50 on 8/9/1937, sold in April 1943 for $60.01 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman Education Society/Missouri Cabinet - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.3.2) - Goldbergs 1/2014:5, $345,000
John Pawling Collection - New Netherlands 11/1952:73 - Joseph Brobston Collection - Stack's 1/1963 Fixed Price List, lot 69 - Charles Jay Collection - Stack's 10/1967:80 - Stack's 1/2002:679, $41,400 - Oliver Jung Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5514, $146,875
Stack’s 1/2007:5427, $195,500 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30003, $95,175