Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of Early United States Cents

Obverse 14.

Reverse K. Five berries left and four right. Three triplets on the left branch, one on the right, flanking D, O(N), C(E) and ER, the last two overlapping wreath stems. Outer berry below E(R) is between two leaves of a triplet. In CENT, E is low and N leans left. Bases of AT and ERI touch.

Die states:

I. Crumbling where neck joins jaw.

II. Cracked from rim to B, ribbon, and rim.

III. ''Retained cud" break at the crack of state II. The area above the break is in a higher plane than the adjacent field.

This portion of the die was progressively sinking LI are weak.

Equivalents: Gilbert 38. Clapp-Newcomb 30. Sheldon 99. EAC 22. Encyclopedia 1688.

Rarity 5.

Remarks: Discovered by Ebenezer Gilbert. Struck on concavo-convex blanks.

Condition Census:

VF-35 Sharpness of EF-45 but surfaces not perfectly smooth; cleaned and recolored. R. L. Miles, Jr. • Stack's 4/1969: 88 $1,100 • R. E. Naftzger, Jr., 2/23/1992 • Eric Streiner, 5/1992 • John Whitney. Obverse and reverse illustrated in Noyes.

VF-30 Consignment J. H. G. G. • Thomas L. Elder 2/1921: 297a $55. Henry C. Hines • Dr. William H. Sheldon, 4/19/1972 • R. E. Naftzger, Jr. • New Netherlands Coin Co. 11/1973: 417 $800 • Willard C. Blaisdell, 10/ 1974. Denis W. Loring, 7/1984 Dr. Robert J. Shalowitz

• Dr. C. R. Chambers • Charles E. Harrison. Reverse illustrated twice in Early American Cents and in Penny Whimsy.

VF-25 Howard R. Newcomb • J. C. Morgenthau & Co. #458, 2/1945: 130 $25 • George H. Clapp • ANS. State II. Obverse illustrated in Early American Cents, in Penny Whimsy, and in Noyes.

F-15 Sharpness of VF-25 but lightly porous. Richard August, 2/1978 • Denis W. Loring, 3/1978 • Robinson S. Brown, Jr. • Superior Galleries 9/1986: 132 $1375 • Robert E. Matthews • Superior Galleries 5/1989: 238 $2,970 • Dennis Mendelson • Daniel W. Holmes, Jr. State III.

F-15 Sharpness of VF-30 but porosity and roughness. Thos. P.Warfield • Associated Coin Auction Co. 10/1955: 217 $102.50 • Dorothy Paschal • Allen E. McDowell • Jake Hendin • Richard V. Punchard. F-12 1957 ANA (Federal Coin Exchange): 87 $55 • Edward H. Schwartz • A. Kosoff 10/1961: 115 $320 • R. E. Naftzger, Jr. • Early American Coppers 5/1990: 36 $4,000 • Frank H. Stillinger. State II.

F-12 Howard R. Newcomb • J. C. Morgenthau & Co. #458,2/1945: 129 $19.

VG-10 Sharpness of VF-20 but minutely porous. Purchased unattributed in 2/1974 by Robert W. Miller, Sr. • Bowers and Merena 11/1992: 28 $2,310 • John A. Keyes.

VG-10 Sharpness of F-15 but nicks and scratches. John K. Borcky • Thomas L. Elder 6/1935: 637 $11.25 • Henry C. Hines • Dr. William H. Sheldon • Dorothy Paschal • Richard V. Punchard.

VG-10 Sharpness of F-15 but finely porous. D. C. Wismer • New Netherlands Coin Co. #33, 4/1951: 602 $55 • Willard C. Blaisdell • Del Bland • John D. Wright.

VG-10 Sharpness of F-15 but reverse pitted. Hollinbeck Kagin Coin Co, • Leonard W. Stark (Central Coin Mart) • Hollinbeck Kagin Coin Co. • Hollinbeck Kagin Coin Co. #261, 12/1965: 736 • Maj. Richard Henry, 4/14/1967 • Philip Van Cleave • Kagin's Numismatic Auctions #340, 1/1986: 5105 $385 • Dr. Ralph W. Rucker.

VG-10 Sharpness of VF-35 but heavily burnished. Charles J. Dupont • Stack's 9/1954: 129 $90 • Mrs. R. Henry Norweb • Bowers and Merena 11/1988: 2750 $1,155 • John R. Frankenfield.

VG-10 Sharpness of VF-20 but rough surfaces. Jack H. Beymer, 8/1990 • Del Bland. Douglas F. Bird • Dr. Philip W. Ralls.

VG-10 Frank H. Masters, Jr. • Rare Coin Company of America 5/1971: 94 $140 • William R. T. Smith • C. F. Gordon, Jr. • Dr. Willard J. Carmel, Jr. • Dr. Philip W. Ralls, 4/4/1992 Daniel W. Holmes, Jr.

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