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Mail Bid Auction 56

Auction ended on August 9, 2023

Lot Number 40

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1795 Y over Star -  O.121 R.4+ PCGS XF 45 CAC

Ex Robinson S. Brown, Jr. and Steven Nomura.   Glossy grey and cobalt toning, with occasional iridescent highlights at the stars and rims.  A 16th star was inadvertently punched into the working die where the Y in LIBERTY belongs.  The engraver had to smooth the area before adding the Y.  Two distinct rays of the underlying star survived the effort.  The coin is nicely impressed with a balanced strike.  Minor circulation ticks are consistent with the grade.  Robbie Brown* acquired the coin from Jack Beymer in 1992.  Brown consigned his notable die variety collection to me in 1995.  This coin was lot 7 in MB 14, April 29, 1995 (as NGC XF 45), bringing $4,070.  Ah, the good old days!  It next appeared in Heritage’s April 2012 Central States Sale, lot 4363, selling for $11,500.  Steve Nomura was the happy buyer when Heritage again offered the coin in its June 2015 Long Beach Sale.  Lot 3948, still in its NGC capsule (with a fresh CAC sticker), brought $14,100.  Steve crossed the coin to PCGS and recovered the green sticker.

Estimate: $10,000 to $15,000

*Brown is best known for having twice assembled a complete set of Large Cents by Sheldon varieties.  He was CEO of Brown-Forman Corp.  Think of Jack Daniels and other spirits.

Auction Ended

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