Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers had something for everyone at its
Feb. 18 to 21 Pre-Long Beach Auction at its offices in Los Angeles.
The Goldberg auctions always present a wide range of early American
copper coins and this sale was no exception, with a strong group of
large cents and half cents. The Green Tree Collection of early half
cents was a standout, led by a 1793 Liberty Cap, Left half cent graded
About Uncirculated 55 by Professional Coin Grading Service that sold
This early large cent from the Pre-Long
Beach Auction showcases some of the challenges and opportunities in
this collecting area.
Undated (1808) Classic Head cent, struck 30 percent off center,
Exploring the source of a valuable hoard from
the American Gold Rush era reveals almost endless
possibilities. Also in this issue, what is a ‘full
torch’ designation as it relates to coins?
Few series have been studied as deeply as U.S. large cents, which
have been scrutinized, not just for die pairings of obverse and
reverse dies, but for die states within those dies. This allows
discoveries like this undated Classic Head cent struck 30 percent off
center to be dated to 1808 and attributed to the Sheldon 277 variety
as listed in William H. Sheldon’s Early American Cents (later
retitled Penny Whimsy).
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Though undated, it can be attributed as an early-to-middle die state
of the S-277 variety because of the die crack through the D in UNITED
on the reverse, and clear die clash marks on both sides. The Classic
Head type of large cent was struck only between 1808 and 1814. This
one, which the cataloger said was one of the best examples of this
type of U.S. Mint error on a Classic Head cent he had seen, sold for $6,462.50.