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1796 Draped Bust Cent. S-96. Rarity-6+. Noyes Die State A. Reverse of 1795. VF Details--Damaged (NGC).

With bold definition throughout the obverse and an overall sharp reverse, there is much to recommend this coin to the advanced early copper variety specialist. Deep copper-brown patina is also a pleasing attribute, while the NGC qualifier largely concerns scattered pitting on the obverse and a bisecting scratch over the right reverse.This piece has lain unattributed for decades in the Stack's West 57th Street Collection, and now enters the numismatic marketplace as the scarcity it is. When it comes to early coppers, including the earlier coinage of the states and the half cent and large cent series, Rarity-6 or higher is where the fun begins. At Rarity-6+, as here, collectors think nothing of holding their bidding paddle high, as specialists know the opportunity won't present itself often to gather one of these rarities into the fold, and a serious collector strikes while the moment is good. We expect that large cent specialists will play a big role in the bidding activity on this lot.

This item sold for $6,462.50

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