1794 1C S-26 Head of 1794, RB (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Cap Cents 1793-1796

PCGS MS66RB

PCGS MS66RB

PCGS #:
35544
Designer:
Attributed to Robert Scot
Edge:
Lettered: ONE HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Diameter:
28.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.48 grams
Mintage:
918,521
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Copper
Die Varieties

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Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66RB PCGS grade

Discovered at an upstate New York coin show circa 1959 - Richard Picker - C. Douglas Smith Collection - Louis Helfenstein Collection - Lester Merkin 8/1964:4 - Dr. James McCleery Collection, sold privately as an entire collection via Lester Merking - Stack's - Kevin Lipton - Anthony Terranova - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection, sold privately in 2/1992 - Eric Streiner - Jay Parrino (The Mint) - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:1019 - Lawrence Stack Type Set, sold privately as an entire collection in 1/2003 (cat-matched) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5096

1 MS66RB PCGS grade

George Seavey Collection - William H. Strobridge 6/1873:221, not sold (Lorin G. Parmelee purchased the collection intact before the auction took place) - Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:686 - J.F. Anger - John G. Mills Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904:1238 - George H. Earle, Jr. Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912:3376 -John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:492, $34,100 - Anthony Terranova - Stack's 9/2005:473 - Madison Collection - Heritage 1/2008:2667, $195,500 - Heritage 4/2009:2034, $126,500 - Heritage 4/2013:4116, $205,625

#1 MS66RB PCGS grade

Discovered at an upstate New York coin show circa 1959 - Richard Picker - C. Douglas Smith Collection - Louis Helfenstein Collection - Lester Merkin 8/1964:4 - Dr. James McCleery Collection, sold privately as an entire collection via Lester Merking - Stack's - Kevin Lipton - Anthony Terranova - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection, sold privately in 2/1992 - Eric Streiner - Jay Parrino (The Mint) - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:1019 - Lawrence Stack Type Set, sold privately as an entire collection in 1/2003 (cat-matched) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5096

#1 MS66RB PCGS grade

George Seavey Collection - William H. Strobridge 6/1873:221, not sold (Lorin G. Parmelee purchased the collection intact before the auction took place) - Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:686 - J.F. Anger - John G. Mills Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904:1238 - George H. Earle, Jr. Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912:3376 -John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:492, $34,100 - Anthony Terranova - Stack's 9/2005:473 - Madison Collection - Heritage 1/2008:2667, $195,500 - Heritage 4/2009:2034, $126,500 - Heritage 4/2013:4116, $205,625

Ron Guth:

Sheldon 26 is one of the more common Large Cent varieties of 1794. It represents the final use of the obverse die after having been paired previously with two others (Sheldon NC-8, then Sheldon 25). In it's earlier appearances, the obverse die developed clashmarks when it came into contact with a reverse die. The clashmarks were effaced by grinding the die before it was put into use for the Sheldon 26 variety, weakening some of the hair strands and portions of the cap. As a result, Sheldon 26 has been referred to as the "Severed Hair" variety; John Kraljevich suggests an additional nickname -- the "Floating Cap" variety.

As common as the Sheldon 26 variety may be, it is difficult to locate an example in high grade. The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census of the top ten finest examples goes from AU55 to MS66RB. Eliasberg and Pogue both had MS66RB examples in their spectacular collections, and both of those have sold at auction in recent years (2013 and 2017, respectively).