1793 1C Liberty Cap, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Cap Cents 1793-1796

PCGS MS64+BN

PCGS MS64+BN

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PCGS MS62+BN

PCGS MS62+BN

PCGS AU58BN

PCGS AU58BN

PCGS #:
1359
Designer:
Attributed to Joseph Wright
Edge:
Lettered: ONE HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Diameter:
28.50 millimeters
Weight:
13.48 grams
Mintage:
11,056
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 450 R-6.1 1 / 1 6 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 1 1 / 12
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 1 1 / 12
Survival Estimate
All Grades 450
60 or Better 1
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.1
60 or Better R-10.0
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 1
60 or Better 1 / 1
65 or Better 1 / 1
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 6 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 12
65 or Better 1 / 12

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64+BN PCGS grade MS64BN PCGS grade

Pierre LeGras (Paris) - Ed Frossard 5/1882:627, $181 - William Cottier - S.H. & H. Chapman 6/1885:65,5 $90 - Thomas Cleaney - Chapman 12/1890:1800, $200 - Peter Mougey - William Woodin - Thomas Elder Sale 9/1910, $340 - Clarence S. Bement - Chapman Sale 5/1916:291, $720 - Col. James Ellsworth, 1923 - Wayte Raymond - William Atwater - Mehl 6/1946:108 $2,000 - Louis Eliasberg - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:490, $319,000 - High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS62BN PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade AU58 PCGS grade
Noyes CC#2 (tied with one other) as AU50
Breen CC#2 (tied with one other) as AU50
 
Joseph Mickley Collection - W. Elliot Woodward 10/1867:1933, $55 - L. Bayard Smith - Virgil M. Brand, 2/1941 - Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Henry C. Hines Collection - Carl Wurtzbach, 1945 - Dr. William H. Sheldon Collection - Sheraton Coin Co. - Ernest Henderson, 1958 - Dorothy I. Paschal Collection, 1959 - Dr. William H. Sheldon Collection, sold privately in 4/1972 - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection, sold privately on 2/23/1992 - Eric Streiner - Jay Parrino - Superior 2/1998:790, $90,750 - Walter J. Husak Collection - Heritage 2/2008:2014, $632,500 - Larry Hanks - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5090, $940,000
4 AU55 PCGS grade AU55 PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Clay - William H. Strobridge 12/1871:703 - George M. Parsons - Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:676 - Ed Frossard - Henry Beckwith Collection - S.H. Chapman 4/1923:3 - Henry Chapman - Dr. George P. French Collection - B. Max Mehl, 1929 FPL, lot 15 - H.A. Stoddard - B. Max Mehl - Charles J. Dupont - Stack's 9/1954:22 - Dorothy Nelson (TAD Collection) - Stack's 2/1976:9 - Stack's 1/1997:414 - Anthony Terranova - Dr. Eugene Sherman - Anthony Terranova - Massachusetts Collection - Oliver Jung Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5522, $329,000

4 AU55 PCGS grade
4 AU55 PCGS grade
7 AU53 PCGS grade
7 AU53 PCGS grade
7 AU53 PCGS grade
7 AU53 PCGS grade AU53 PCGS grade

England - unknown intermediary - Q. David Bowers - Lester Merkin - Charles Jay - Stack’s 10/1967:91 (as "Uncirculated") -Tony Terranova - Herman Halpern, 12/1986 - R. E. Naftzger, Jr,. 2/1992 - Eric Streiner - Jay Parrino, 5/1996 - Jack Wadlington (via Bob Grellman & Chris McCawley), 6/2005 - Dan Holmes Collection - Goldbergs 9/2009:24, $506,000

MS64BN PCGS grade #1 MS64+BN PCGS grade

Pierre LeGras (Paris) - Ed Frossard 5/1882:627, $181 - William Cottier - S.H. & H. Chapman 6/1885:65,5 $90 - Thomas Cleaney - Chapman 12/1890:1800, $200 - Peter Mougey - William Woodin - Thomas Elder Sale 9/1910, $340 - Clarence S. Bement - Chapman Sale 5/1916:291, $720 - Col. James Ellsworth, 1923 - Wayte Raymond - William Atwater - Mehl 6/1946:108 $2,000 - Louis Eliasberg - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:490, $319,000 - High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS62BN PCGS grade
AU58 PCGS grade #3 AU58 PCGS grade
Noyes CC#2 (tied with one other) as AU50
Breen CC#2 (tied with one other) as AU50
 
Joseph Mickley Collection - W. Elliot Woodward 10/1867:1933, $55 - L. Bayard Smith - Virgil M. Brand, 2/1941 - Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Henry C. Hines Collection - Carl Wurtzbach, 1945 - Dr. William H. Sheldon Collection - Sheraton Coin Co. - Ernest Henderson, 1958 - Dorothy I. Paschal Collection, 1959 - Dr. William H. Sheldon Collection, sold privately in 4/1972 - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection, sold privately on 2/23/1992 - Eric Streiner - Jay Parrino - Superior 2/1998:790, $90,750 - Walter J. Husak Collection - Heritage 2/2008:2014, $632,500 - Larry Hanks - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5090, $940,000
AU55 PCGS grade #4 AU55 PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Clay - William H. Strobridge 12/1871:703 - George M. Parsons - Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:676 - Ed Frossard - Henry Beckwith Collection - S.H. Chapman 4/1923:3 - Henry Chapman - Dr. George P. French Collection - B. Max Mehl, 1929 FPL, lot 15 - H.A. Stoddard - B. Max Mehl - Charles J. Dupont - Stack's 9/1954:22 - Dorothy Nelson (TAD Collection) - Stack's 2/1976:9 - Stack's 1/1997:414 - Anthony Terranova - Dr. Eugene Sherman - Anthony Terranova - Massachusetts Collection - Oliver Jung Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5522, $329,000

#4 AU55 PCGS grade
#4 AU55 PCGS grade
#7 AU53 PCGS grade
#7 AU53 PCGS grade
#7 AU53 PCGS grade
AU53 PCGS grade #7 AU53 PCGS grade

England - unknown intermediary - Q. David Bowers - Lester Merkin - Charles Jay - Stack’s 10/1967:91 (as "Uncirculated") -Tony Terranova - Herman Halpern, 12/1986 - R. E. Naftzger, Jr,. 2/1992 - Eric Streiner - Jay Parrino, 5/1996 - Jack Wadlington (via Bob Grellman & Chris McCawley), 6/2005 - Dan Holmes Collection - Goldbergs 9/2009:24, $506,000

Ron Guth:

The 1793 Liberty Cap is one of the most desired types among early U.S.Large Cents. The typical example is low-grade, usually with one or more problems (corrosion, surface damage, cleaning, heavy marks, poor strike, etc.), so nice, problem-free examples command a significant premium. PCGS has identified only two example with legitimate claims to the Mint State grade. No Red-Brown or Red examples exist. The finest example has a long pedigree going back to the late 1800s and includes names such as Thomas Cleneay, William H. Woodin, and Louis Eliasberg. It's current grade is PCGS MS64Bn and it is part of the incredible High Desert Collection in the PCGS Set Registry.

David Hall:

In mint state condition, the 1793 Liberty Cap is the rarest of the three types of 1793 large cents (Chain cent, Wreath cent, and Liberty Cap cent). The PCGS graded MS64BN is the finest known by far. The coin has super mark-free surfaces and rich brown color.

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