|Stack's Bowers||Auction||The January 2013 Americana Sale||Jan-2013||CAC||1813 Classic Cent. S-293. Rarity-2. Breen Die State IV. MS-65 BN (PCGS). CAC. Die Variety: There are only two known die marriages of this issue, and they are readily distinguishable by looking at the spacing between the digit 3 in the date and star 13 on the obverse, as well as the position of the uppermost leaf in the reverse wreath relative to the closest letters in the legend. On Sheldon-293, as represented by the Cardinal Collection specimen, star 13 is close to the digit 3 in the date and the tip of the uppermost leaf is almost midway between the words STATES and OF. Although not usually designated as such, S-293 is actually an 1813/2 overdate, although traces of the underlying 2 are generally indistinguishable in all but the rare, earliest known die state, and then again only on high grade examples in AU and Mint State.
Die State: The presence of reverse die cracks through the tops of the letters TED in UNITED and ST in STATES, as well as through the bases of the letters TED and S, confirms the Breen Die State IV attribution. Other indicators of this late die state include flow lines along the upper reverse that join the tops of the letters TES OF A in the legend to the border, additional flow lines in other peripheral areas (including at star 1 on the obverse), and faint remnants of clash marks in the obverse field before Liberty's throat and in the reverse field after the denomination ONE CENT.
Strike: The advanced die state notwithstanding, this is an uncommonly well struck coin for a Classic cent with most devices sharply, if not fully defined. The only real exceptions are stars 5 to 7 on the obverse, the top of Liberty's head above the letters LIB in the word LIBERTY, the letters UNI in UNITED on the reverse, and the ribbon at the bottom of the wreath. All of these features are softly defined due to misalignment of the dies, a feature that affects most die states of this va