||August 2018 ANA U.S. Coins Auction Philadelphia, PA
||Finest Certified 1811/0 S-286 Cent
Ex James A. Stack, Sr.
1811/0 Classic Head Cent. S-286. Rarity-3. MS-63 BN (NGC). CAC.
This lovely example exhibits dominant medium brown patina, although both sides retain considerable faded red color. The surfaces are microporous, especially the obverse, although this feature is easily overlooked by the unaided eye. Uncommonly well struck for the type, both sides exhibit bold to sharp definition within near-fully denticulated borders. Pleasingly smooth in hand, this is the finest certified 1811/0 cent, and its offering in this sale represents a significant find for both advanced type collectors and early copper enthusiasts. Breen Die State I. An important piece that was apparently unknown to large cent specialists until its appearance in our (1995) sale of the James A. Stack, Sr. Collection. It was subsequently used in the 50th anniversary edition of the Guide Bookto represent the type at the top of page 85. This is a conditionally challenging variety, as are all in the Classic Head cent series of 1808 to 1814. Sheldon-286 was struck on copper planchets purchased from Matthew Boulton in Birmingham, England, this likely being the second variety of the date produced. The quality of this coin's planchet is amazing in a survivor of this die pairing. R.W. Julian, one of America's top numismatic researchers, wrote in the November 1994 issue of The Numismatist: "This variety often is seen on dark, defective planchets, which probably came into contact with saltwater on the long trip from England. (Kegs of planchets usually were stored as ballast in the ships' hold.)....Unlike many of the other varieties of cents struck during this period, the 1811/0 overdate (Sheldon 286) is not known in strictly Uncirculated condition." The great Floyd Starr Collection, sold by us (Stack's) in 1984, contained no 1811/0; our (Stack's) Herman Halpern sale included an example in EAC AU-55. Clearly the present offering represents a fleeting bidding opportunity for the astute collector.
Provenance: From the Collection of Thaddeus A. Tatum III. Earlier from (Stack's) sale of the James A. Stack, Sr. Collection, March 1995, lot 1656; Heritage's ANA Sale of July 1997, lot 5832; Heritage's Long Beach Signature Sale of May 2003, lot 5124; Heritage's Milwaukee ANA Signature Auction of August 2007, lot 1548; Heritage's Long Beach Signature Auction of September 2010, lot 3094.
NGC Census: just 1; 0 finer in any category. There are no Mint State 1811/0 cents certified at PCGS.
PCGS# 36490. NGC ID: 224V.
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