Another popular variety among early large cents is the 1794 Liberty Cap, Starred Reverse cent, S-48, which was discovered in 1878 and is distinguished by 94 tiny stars punched in the dentils on the reverse. PCGS has graded the Padula example Genuine, Environmental Damage, with Heritage providing an EAC grade of Good 4 sharpness, Net Fair 2.
The Starred Reverse variety is distinct and can be identified by the reverse alone, so the absence of a sharp date does not preclude attribution. It too sold at the aforementioned Goldberg auction, as lot 775, where it brought $7,140 on an estimate of $6,000 and up. There the catalogers observed, “Very fine porosity covers portions of the obverse, and this roughness nearly obliterates the date. LIBERTY is weak but remains readable.” A third of the tiny stars remain visible, most prominently seen in the lower left portion.
Another large cent that can be identified by its reverse alone is the 1793 Flowing Hair, Chain cent. The Padula Family Collection offers buyers multiple opportunities to add an example of this one-year type coin at various price points, including an affordable Sheldon 2 cent graded PCGS Genuine, Environmental Damage, with Heritage providing an EAC grade of About Good 3 Sharpness with a Fair 2 Net grade. Only the 9 in the date is visible, but the chain remains strong, making it instantly recognizable.