By Jeff Lubinski, Numismatist
The first coin for today is a 1793 Wreath Cent, Lettered Edge variety. As mentioned in the Red Book, the wreath reverse was instituted in response to heavy criticism of the chain design, in which critics associated the chain reverse with slavery. Although the wreath reverse featured a slight redesign of the obverse portrait of Liberty, critics still felt that representation was not correct and after only three months production of wreath cents was halted, and the Liberty Cap cent was introduced. The present example is a very well struck example with AU details according to PCGS. They note a code 97 for environmental damage, which is present in some micro-pitting of the fields, though it is far from distracting overall. The obverse is fairly well centered, though the dentils aren’t quite fully pronounced from 6:00 to 7:30.