The following post is pulled from Coin World editor Steve
Roach’s Market Analysis column in the Aug. 11 issue.
Scotsman’s Midwest Summer Sale, held July 18,
2014, in St. Louis, brought $1,124,107. Among the lots offered were
several 1793 Flowing Hair, Wreath cents. It is a scarce one-year large
cent type that is in demand from both early copper aficionados and
When buying this type of early copper, a buyer has to often balance
a variety of issues inherent in a hand-produced copper coin more than
two centuries old.
Here is one of three from recent auctions that showcase the varied
market for this tough issue below $10,000:
The coin: 1793 Wreath cent, Very Good Details, Damaged
The price: $2,012.50
The story: The least expensive 1793 Flowing Hair, Wreath cents
— even those nearly worn slick and grading Fair 2 — generally sell for
over $1,000. Scotsman offered an entry level example of the Vine and
Bars Edge variety, classified as Sheldon 9 in William H. Sheldon’s
large cent reference, Early American Cents (later renamed
Penny Whimsy), and graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. as Very Good Details, Damaged.
It brought $2,012.50 against an estimate of $900 to $1,200.
Like any coin at the low-end of the price scale for a particular
issue, it had its pros and cons.
Regarding the positives, the lot description stated, “Modestly
micro-porous overall, the coin nonetheless features unexpectedly nice,
frosty walnut-brown color that would immediately appeal to any
aficionado of early copper.”
On the cons, it stated, “The NGC disclaimer properly calls attention
to a prominent, ancient oblong scar in Liberty’s tresses, as well as
an additional dig and several irregular smaller hits, a couple of
which have found their way up to the top of the obverse rim.”
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