|Stack's Bowers||Auction||The January 2013 Americana Sale||Jan-2013||CAC||1820 Matron Head Cent. N-13. Rarity-1. Noyes Die State B/A. Large Date. MS-66 RB (PCGS). CAC. Die Variety: Newcomb-13 is a Large Date variety with the 18 and the 20 in the date widely spaced; N-13 was heavily represented in the fabled Randolph Hoard.
Die State: Usually seen obverse die cracks connect all the stars and the date, reverse with no unusual die state known.
Strike: Certain obverse stars are somewhat weak at their radials, otherwise the devices are crisp and fully presented on both sides.
Surfaces: Intense, robust cartwheel luster ignites the soft mint orange surfaces. A few tiny flecks come to light under low magnification, otherwise the surfaces border on immaculate. Undeniably choice and able to withstand magnified scrutiny admirably.
Census Rankings: The Noyes Condition Census ranks the present coin at Number 1, with a grade of MS-65 in the Noyes listing; The McCawley-Grellman listing gives this coin a grade of MS-66.
Pedigree: Louis Helfenstein, November 1962; C. Douglas Smith; Jerry A. Bobbe, June 1979; Ira & Larry Goldberg's sale of the R. E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection, Part II, February 2009, lot 108; Cardinal Collection.
Notable Appearances: This is the plate coin for the die variety in the 1991 book United States Large Cents: 1816-1839 by William C. Noyes.
Commentary: Here is a cent that has it all -- ultra high grade, beautiful appearance, and with the highly desired CAC cachet added to the PCGS certification. This variety is the very definition of a Randall Hoard cent, instantly familiar to even the beginning specialist. Nearly all of the hoard coins have excellent eye appeal, and in that category this piece is exceptional. The mention of the William C. Noyes book
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