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The E-Sylum: Volume 18, Number 4, January 25, 2015, Article 17


Goldberg 2015 January sale2

Here are a few lots that caught my eye in the Goldberg January 25-28, 2015 Pre Long Beach sale. -Editor

Lot 53: 1792 Washington "Roman Head" Cent

Lot 53 1792 Washington Roman Head Cent obverse Lot 53 1792 Washington Roman Head Cent reverse

1792 Washington "Roman Head" Cent Breen-1249, Baker-19. PCGS graded Proof 64 Brown.

The obverse is beautiful glossy golden tan and light brown with darker steel brown toning on the highpoints while the reverse is a darker shade of steel brown and chocolate with lighter brown in protected areas. Traces of lighter golden tan faded down from mint color can be found in some of the protected areas on both sides. The fields are smooth and slightly reflective and this cent offers excellent eye appeal. No spots or contact marks. An area of darker toning along the rim left of the C in CENT can help identify this piece. The edge is lettered "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."

The "Roman Head" Cents depict Washington in the style of a Roman Emperor, an image that most certainly was contrary to Washington's desires. These were struck in England during the "Conder Token" era and they are among the rarest and most desirable of the Washington coppers. About 15 examples known today (and several of those are worn or otherwise impaired). A superb example of this very rare Washington copper. Listed on page 83 in the "Redbook." Weight 197.5 grains. Pop 3; 3 finer, 2 in 65, 1 in 66. Estimated Value $65,000-UP.

From the Ted L. Craige collection, Stack's Bowers Galleries 1/22/2013:11499.

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Lot 53 of 4680: 1792 Washington "Roman Head" Cent Breen-1249, Baker-19 PCGS graded Proof-64 Brown (

Lot 79: 1793 Half Cent C-2

Lot 79 1793 Half Cent obverse Lot 79 1793 Half Cent reverse

1793 C-2 R3. PCGS graded MS-63 Brown

The reverse of this half cent was plated in the Ebenezer Gilbert's 1916 reference "The United States Half Cents" (Plate 1, the 1793 "1-3" reverse), and both sides were plated in the 1914 ANS Exhibition of United States and Colonial Coins Catalog (Plate 23, the Crosby 2-A provided by Hillyer Ryder). In addition this is the plate coin for the die variety (the large photos) and for the late die state (the smaller State II photos) in "Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents 1793-1857." The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the finest of only 2 graded Mint State for the variety. PCGS #35006.

(Note: This half cent has been part of the fabulous Missouri Cabinet since the purchase of the Showers Collection in 1976 but it was misplaced in 1997 and was not included in our sale of that collection in January 2014. The coin was subsequently "rediscovered" after the auction. This offering completes the Missouri Cabinet sale, and we are making copies of this page available for insertion into the January 2014 catalog so that important reference can represent the complete Missouri Cabinet Collection.). Estimated Value $80,000-UP.

Ex George H. Earle, Jr., Henry Chapman 6/25/1912:3599-Hillyer Cooper Ryder 2/11/1928-Ryder Estate 5/5/1945-Wayte Raymond 12/1944-New Netherlands Coin Co., 6/23/1954:259-Philip M. Showers, Stack's (privately) 1969-Willis Harrington duPont-Fred S. Werner 2/1976-Superior Stamp & Coin Company, Inc., 2/1976-Joe Flynn & Son Rare Coins, Inc. (Joseph S. Flynn, Jr.) 4/20/1976 (privately)-R. Tettenhorst-Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (EPNNES)-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.2.2).

Great provenance. How many collectors will take the Goldbergs up on their nice offer for the page to insert in their Missouri Cabinet catalog? I'll bet this will be a rare piece of ephemera someday. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 79 of 4680: 1793 C-2 R3 PCGS graded MS63 Brown (

Lot 187: 1831 Proof Half Cent

Lot 187 1831 Proof Half Cent obverse Lot 187 1831 Proof Half Cent reverse

1831 Proof Original Breen 1-A R7- (as a proof). PCGS graded Proof 62 Red & Brown. Reddish tan and brown fading to darker bluish steel in protected areas. Ample faded red shows on both sides, probably from a very old cleaning. The fields are nicely reflective but they do show myriad fine hairlines. Very sharply struck. The best identifying marks are a scuff on the leaf tip left of the H in HALF and a tiny boomerang-shaped struck-through line above IC in AMERICA (as struck). The "Accessory E" in the wreath under the E in STATES is bold.

Less than a dozen proof strikes are known of these originals plus about 20 circulated pieces that are commonly thought to be business strikes (but that is debatable as some feel all were proof strikes). Our grade is Proof-60. The PCGS label indicates this is a Proof Original strike and mentions the Carvin Goodridge provenance. PCGS population 1; the only example graded at PCGS in Red & Brown (#1187). Estimated Value $50,000-UP. Ex Auction '89 (Stack's) 7/8/1989:1509-Carvin Goodridge Collection.

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Lot 187 of 4680: 1831 Proof Original Breen 1-A R7- (as a proof) PCGS graded PR62 Red & Brown (

Lot 1070: 1872 Two Cents

Lot 1070 1872 Two Cents obverse Lot 1070 1872 Two Cents reverse

1872. NGC graded Proof 66 Red & Brown. In a somewhat variegated fashion, blue-purple and deep cherry-red colors are seen over the obverse of this remarkably toned Gem; similar blue-purple dominates the reverse. The design elements are fully struck up and reveal pleasing variance with the reflective obverse fields. No mentionable contact marks or spots are evident on the carefully preserved surfaces. Only 950 pieces were minted. Pop 38; 6 finer, 1 in 66 Star, 4 in 67, 1 in 67 Star . Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,200.

The Agora Collection.

Awesome toning! =Editor

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Lot 1070 of 4680: 1872 Two Cents. NGC PF66 (

Lot 1260: 1796 Draped Bust Quarter Dollar

Lot 1260 1796 Draped Bust Quarter Dollar obverse Lot 1260 1796 Draped Bust Quarter Dollar reverse

1796 Browning-2, Rarity 3. PCGS graded AU-55 PQ. CAC Approved. Lovely mottled golden-russet and lilac highlights dance together on the surfaces of this partially lustrous specimen. Liberty's curls are fully defined and show just touches of light wear, while the eagle's wing feathers on the reverse are complete. Even a few details from the eagle's eye are visible. Close inspection with a loupe reveals only the most minor surface defects, none of which detract from the substantial eye appeal. As America's first quarter and the only year for which the Small Eagle reverse is seen on this denomination, this is a popular type coin in all grades, especially so at this high level of preservation. Pop 18; 53 finer (PCGS # 5310) . Estimated Value $50,000 - 60,000.

Recently discovered in Europe.

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 1260 of 4680: 1796 Draped Bust Quarter Dollar. PCGS AU55 (

Wayne Homren, Editor

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