1795 Reeded Edge Large Cent? Help please.
So, I was contacted by an older gentleman about a large cent dated 1795. He doesn't know much about coins, so was looking for some help. This coin was part of several coins in a small collection he inherited when his father died in 1964. The coin in question has several reeded-edge markings on it, although they do not appear to go all the way around the coin. Overall the coin is fairly rough. He asked me what the lines were and I suggested he might have a reeded edge 1795 (although it was highly unlikely, of course). I suggested he send it in to get it certified as genuine by PCGS or NGC. He sent the coin in to PCGS and it came back as "Genuine-tooled edge."
I'm looking for some input from this forum as to what to do next, because I think the coin could be the real deal. NGC? ANACS? Back to PCGS?
Pictures of the coin are attached. The edge photo is a composite with my friend's coin pictured above a genuine 1795 reeded edge example.
Why do I think it could be the real deal (or perhaps another variety of the reeded edge)?
1. The coin has been in the possession of this guy's father since 1941, when his dad inherited it from his uncle.
2. The reeded edge variety was not even discovered until 1975. Why would anyone reed the edge back <1941?
3. The "reeding" looks very even and also contemporary.
So that's the story. I'm interested in hearing any and all input on this coin. If I'm forgetting something let me know and I'll try and provide whatever additional info is needed.
Interesting. I sure can't say for sure one way or another. If the reeding is indeed tooling marks they did a nice job not extending the marks all the way to the edge of the rims. Thats usually the giveaway when you see fake reeding in other denominations.
Interesting coin for sure, however this is not the reeded edge S79. The 5 inbedded in the bust combined with 'one' high in the wreath point to this being an S76, which came with and without edge lettering. Below are the Holmes versions, note the position of the 5 and 'one'.
S76 - http://images.goldbergauctions.com/p...ale=54&lot=120
reeded edge S79 - http://images.goldbergauctions.com/p...ale=54&lot=128
Now with that said, this could be a new reeded edge s76, someone has to discover a new variety right? I am not enough of an expert to tell either way, but if that is mint applied reeding I believe it would be a discover coin. I would suggest going to one of the big coin shows in your area where some of the notable experts will be and showing it to them.
To your point about why someone would do it, who knows. People did all kinds of things to these coins including adding reeding, and the reeded edge varity has been know for much longer than 1975, the Holmes coin has a pedigree going back to 1915.
Thanks-that was kind of my thought as well-the reeding as it looks in the photos looks a lot like the reeding on the real deal.
Thanks-I realize I was wrong on the time frame of discovery of the reeded edge based on what you pointed out. Unfortunately, neither I nor the coin's owner live anywhere close to a "major" coin show, so we are kind of handicapped in that regard. I'm trying to see if I can get some additional photos of the edge all the way around from him. Maybe I can try Coin World and see if they have any ideas.
Originally Posted by beef1020
OK, I'm back with a few more photos of the edge from my friend, who had another friend take some additional shots. I hope these will allow for additional interpretation on this coin-Thanks to any and all who can offer an opinion to me!
Originally Posted by beef1020