Focused large cent collection decades in the making set for Feb. 12 auction

Collector hopes 1794 cent varieties go to close friends found in his 'journey with giants' in quest of the pieces
By , Coin World
Published : 12/31/16
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Heck’s Sheldon 35 die marriage, described as “Fine 15+,” and his Sheldon 53 coin, “Very Good 10,” are identified as “discovery specimens” as the first examples identified in their specific die combinations.

Three coins have yellow paint embedded in the H and D of HUNDRED in the lettered edge, indicating ownership by the famous Homer K. Downing (the letters, of course, representing his initials).

Seven coins have white paint markings around the edge that were used by W.W. Hays to indicate Dr. Edward Maris’ attributions for pieces in his collection.

One coin, the Sheldon 36 coin, described as “Very Good 10,” has the George H. Clapp pedigree, which is very difficult to obtain, according to Heck.

“It’s difficult because Clapp donated his first line collection to the American Numismatic Society in New York City and his second line collection to the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh,” Heck says. “The vast majority of Clapp-owned specimens are in museums. Very few are available to collectors.”

Die states

Die states were also important to Heck.

For example, the Heck Collection contains three examples of the rare Sheldon 66 marriage. 

It is called the “Split Pole” because, in a later die state, a die crack develops parallel to Liberty’s pole thus giving the impression that the pole has split in two.

Heck’s collection includes the rare perfect state with no die crack, a mid-state example with a very thin die crack, and the late die state with a thick die crack.

“I simply could not resist the perfect state,” Heck said. “It was in Norman Stack’s personal collection and I needed a Norman Stack pedigree. Plus the Stack’s firm was THE PLACE to go in New York City for great coins when I was a kid.”

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