1803 S-243 cent from the Naftzger collection, PCGS graded Ms-66RB. Among the top 3 finest of ALL Draped Bust cents in the official EAC condition census, this coin was so prized by Ted Naftzger he held it back from the 1973 and 1992 sales of the majority of his collection, and kept it for the rest of his life. With one look, anyone can see why Ted was so captivated by this piece.
Displaying magnificent color and mind blowing cartwheel luster, this coin is not only graded fully MS67 by the conservative EAC standards, but deemed "choice" for that lofty grade! Of the 216 die varieties of Draped Bust cents comprising the 16+ million produced for the years 1796 through 1807, the EAC has awarded the MS67 grade to just 3 coins (including this one), with none higher. Observers of the 2008 sale of the cherished holdbacks in Naftzger's estate were totally awestruck by the quality of this coin. EAC authority John Kraljevich said that "The [three-quarter million dollar 1796 cent in the sale] was spectacular but it was not the "nicest" coin in the group in my opinion. The 1803 S-243 in the MS-66 RB holder was the NICEST large cent there and one of the nicest quality early copper coins I have ever laid eyes on," and another expert summed it up saying the coin is "off the charts spectacular!"