1798 1C S-147 1st Hair Style, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Draped Bust Cents 1796-1807

PCGS AU55BN

PCGS AU55BN

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PCGS XF45+BN

PCGS XF45+BN

PCGS VF25BN

PCGS VF25BN

PCGS #:
36020
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
28.00 millimeters
Weight:
10.89 grams
Mintage:
1,841,745
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Copper
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Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 AU55 PCGS grade

Ebay - Henry Hettger, sold privately in 2006 - Tom Reynolds Collection

2 XF45+ PCGS grade

“Col.” E.H.R. Green - B.G. Johnson, sold privately on 4/26/1943 for $22.50 - Abe Kosoff - Oscar J. Pearl Collection - Numismatic Gallery Fixed Price List, 1944:123, $65 - Dr. William H. Sheldon, sold privately on 4/19/1972 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection, sold privately on 2/23/1992 - Eric Streiner, sold privately on 4/2/1992 - Tom Reynolds Collection

#1 AU55 PCGS grade

Ebay - Henry Hettger, sold privately in 2006 - Tom Reynolds Collection

#2 XF45+ PCGS grade

“Col.” E.H.R. Green - B.G. Johnson, sold privately on 4/26/1943 for $22.50 - Abe Kosoff - Oscar J. Pearl Collection - Numismatic Gallery Fixed Price List, 1944:123, $65 - Dr. William H. Sheldon, sold privately on 4/19/1972 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection, sold privately on 2/23/1992 - Eric Streiner, sold privately on 4/2/1992 - Tom Reynolds Collection

Ron Guth:

Sheldon 147 is one of the tough, First Hairstyle varieties of 1798. Breen calls it Rarity 5 (46-60 known). This variety was struck on poor-quality blanks provided by William Coltman. Thus, most examples of S-147 are dark, pitted, or otherwise defective. The finest example is a recently graded PCGS AU55 that tops the PCGS Condition Census, the Noyes Census, and would have been the best example in Breen's Census had he been aware of it (the coin was discovered on eBay circa 2006, six years after the publication of his Encyclopedia).

A diagnostic feature for S-147 can be found on the fraction, which is so pushed so far to the right that the final 0 almost touches the ribbon.