1793 1C Liberty Cap, BN FR2BN Certification #33307253, PCGS #1359

Owner's Comments

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Expert Comments

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.

 

Diameter
28.50 millimeters
Designer
Attributed to Joseph Wright
Edge
Lettered: ONE HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Mintage
11056
Weight
13.48 grams
Metal Content
Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
92
Pop Lower
8
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 450 R-6.1 1 / 1 6 / 12 TIE
All Grades 1 R-10.0 1 / 1 1 / 12
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 1 1 / 12

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail 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