1798 Large Cent First Strike Brockage Sells For $27,600
Editor’s Note: From the Heritage Galleries auction listing:
1798 1C Second Hair Style--First Strike Brockage Reverse--AU50 PCGS. Obverse die of S-165, 166, and 167. The Second Hair Style with a Large 8 in the date. Only one obverse die was created with the combination of these features. Sheldon nicknamed the obverse the “Whisker Variety” for a tiny die chip on the lower edge of the chin, visible on both the normal image and the brockage image of this piece. It is a spectacular piece with medium brown surfaces and extraordinary eye appeal.
Attempting to narrow the variety choices is a fine numismatic pursuit. Working backwards, S-167 always comes with an obverse die crack through the 8 in the date. The present example has no obverse die cracks, so S-167 is eliminated. There is no bulge behind the low curls, as it appears on State III of S-166. Faint clash marks at Liberty’s throat are seen on States I and II of S-166, and States II and III of S-165, and those are the choices. We feel strongly that this example is S-165. EAC 40.