||1793 1C Wreath, Vine and Bars Edge, S-5, B-6, R.4, AU58 NGC. CAC. Our EAC grade XF45. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Breen Die State II. Although plagued by a shortage of suitable copper for planchets, and with recurring damage to the primitive rolling mills, the Philadelphia Mint struck a total of 63,353 cents using the Wreath reverse between April 9 and July 17, 1793. Thirteen varieties are known for the date, including three that use the same obverse and reverse dies, but have different edge treatments. This coin is a representative of the S-5 variety, which uses the large punches in LIBERTY and the date that were used on the old Chain cents. Liberty's head is bigger than the bust on the Chain cents, however, causing the obverse design to look a trifle cramped. A smaller set of punches was used for the obverse of the other Wreath cent varieties. The S-5 reverse features a small, heavy bow in the wreath. A surprising number of high-quality Wreath cents have been preserved over the years. The present coin is an especially attractive near-Mint example, struck on a smooth brown planchet that is free of all but the most inconsequential abrasions. The design elements are well detailed and the overall presentation is quite appealing. This coin is the number 10 example in the Noyes Condition Census for the variety. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $250.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $55812.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.