Have I discovered an 1794 18b in my collection?
So.... several years ago, I bought my first large cent. It is at best, basal state 1. The only reason I bought it
was for its lettered edge, which was very clear. I never had a hope of attributing it as the date is completely gone.
Its a Liberty Cap with the word "Liberty" barely visible. The reverse as follows; "UNIT" barely visible (E)S of STATES
extremely faint with the point of highest leaf not clear enough to place. The stems and ribbon ends are visible but very well
worn. So for years I just kept it as my first large cent. After last years EAC and my growing interest in 1794s, I purchased
Al Boka's great book. With guidance from several here on Copper Notes, especially bringing to my attention that the distance
of Liberty from the top of the head is a good starting point whilst judging "heads of" 93, 94, or 95. So, to make a long story
longer, armed with Al's book and hours in bed studying it, I was looking at my first coin the other day and noticed that "Liberty"
was quite distant. At some point as I studied the wreath/ribbons/stems, I think I see a tiny die break that runs from the point
where the left stem meets the left ribbon, upward towards the lowest set of leaves on the left. Also on one photo, it extends downward
towards the right ribbon, halfway between the knot and the top of the denominator. I checked out Al's photographs
in the Provenance Gallery of his book, and low and behold, the "A" reverse as seen on the 17a, 18a and b shows nearly the identical
minute crack on the 17a and 18b...my B in Liberty isn't "low and leans left", and the edge device is large letters with the leaf point
and stem pointing up.
So, I guess my ultimate question is, many photos from other sites don't show the crack. It's not mentioned in Penny Whimsy or Breen's
Encyclopedia, nor does Al mention it in his book. Does anyone know if this is a "bona fide" verifiable crack? I can't believe that after all these
years, I may be able to attibute it.....thanks in advance.......clorox