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1791 WASHINGTON LARGE EAGLE CENT

Obverse of 1791 Washington Large Eagle Cent     Reverse of 1791 Washington Large Eagle Cent
     

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64 Red & Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 6, "...Breen-1206, Baker-15, D&H-1049, Middlesex...", illustrated, sold for $2,530.00

PCGS MS-64 Brown (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 2001, Lot 114, where it was described (in part) as follows: "This coin was made by the Birmingham token manufacturer Obadiah Westwood, and engraved by child prodigy John Gregory Hancock, Sr.  Issued in order to win the contract for coinage in America, Breen estimates that a cask containing 2,500 large eagle and 1,500 small eagle cents was shipped to Philadelphia to the Westwood's representatives, Thomas Ketland & Sons for distribution to cabinet officials, dignitaries, senators and other VIP's.  Some of these coins found an audience with President Washington, who rejected the proposal as "monarchial" and also noted that he was against contract coinage of any kind, especially from outside the country."

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, October 14, 2000, Lot 1032, where it was described (in part) as follows: "A top-notch example of this popular variety, here with a bold strike, crisp details, and a hard, glossy brilliance that is rarely encountered on this issue. Dark brown in color with no traces of mint red, but now toned in delicate olive highlights. The strike is exceptional, especially on the epaulet and the curl over Washington’s ear (these two areas are often miserably weak on most specimens seen of the type)."

PCGS MS-62 Brown.  Ex - Superior Stamp & Coin's "The ANA 2000 National Money Show Auction", March 2-3, 2000, Lot 45

PCGS AU-55.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 81, "Breen-1026, Baker-15", illustrated, sold for $971.75