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1794 Liberty Cap Cent. S-24. Rarity-1. Head of 1794--Double Struck, Curved Clip @ 6 O'Clock--Good-6 BN (NGC).

The second strike is approximately 10 degrees off center at 12 o'clock, and the double striking is bold with portions of two portraits readily evident on the obverse. Also of note is a shallow curved clip in the planchet at 6 o'clock, and this piece exhibits overall smooth dark olive-brown surfaces with only minor porosity along the left obverse border. Here's an example of the popular Apple Cheek variety. Early federal coins showing planchet clips and double strikes are always popular and command generous bids, but pieces embodying both types of errors together are most unusual. It is amazing that such a distinctive coin wasn't plucked from circulation before it had reached the Good level; perhaps it's reflective of a utilitarian attitude towards money during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

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