|Stack's Bowers||Auction||The January 2013 Americana Sale||Jan-2013||1794 Liberty Cap Cent. S-67. Rarity-3. Breen Die State III. Head of 1795. MS-67 RB (PCGS). Die Variety: Sheldon-67 is one of the Head of 1795 Guide Book varieties of the 1794 Liberty Cap cent, all of which are attributed to John Smith Gardner in his capacity as acting assistant engraver for the United States Mint. S-67 is also the so-called Marred Face variety, readily attributable by a series of small die chips on the obverse on Liberty's cheek and within the strands of hair. The S-67 marriage represents the only use of this obverse die. The reverse, which was also used to strike the S-66, S-68 and S-69 varieties, is easiest to identify by looking for the double leaf in the wreath under the letter O in OF.
Die State: Breen Die State III exhibits clash marks in the obverse field before Liberty's forehead, along the profile and under the chin, as well as at the top of the portrait under the upright of the letter R and at the junction of the cap and hair below the letters LI in the word LIBERTY. Two very faint obverse die cracks are also evident in this state: across Liberty's cheek and hair and into the upper field pointing to the letters LI in LIBERTY, and along the tops of the letters RTY in LIBERTY into the adjacent field area.
Strike: The strike is sharp and expertly centered on both sides, and indeed most features exhibit razor sharp definition from the dies. Liberty's hair tresses on the obverse, the leaves in the wreath on the reverse, and most denticles on both sides are particularly impressive in terms of the crispness of detail displayed.
Surfaces: A simply exquisite Superb Gem, to see any original Mint red luster on a Liberty Cap cent is significant, even if that color is minimal or faded. For this remarkable piece, both sides retain at least 50% of the original luster in a charming and vivid rose-orange color that bri
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