Rare error to make its first appearance at Heritage's July 2008 Baltimore ANA Auction. Braided Hair large cent error is sized midway between a large cent and a half cent, and was struck on a half cent flan.
Dallas, TX. An amazing Braided Hair large cent struck on a half cent planchet will be making its first public auction appearance at Heritage Auction Galleries' 2008 Baltimore ANA Signature® Auction.
The coin has been consigned by a very private Northwest family whose members were unaware of its rarity or significance. The newly discovered rarity will be sold July 30-August 2, 2008, and the lot listing will be available online at HA.com during early July.
"In more than three decades as a numismatist," commented Heritage's Senior Numismatist Mark Borckardt," and after having examined tens of thousands of large cents, I have NEVER seen a similar error.
As soon as I spotted this amazing error coin, I gathered all of the senior numismatists, and none of them could recall a similar piece.
When they heard that the coin had sat on the front porch of a house for fifty years in a Mason jar - along with a bunch of other old coins in cans and jars - they were equally astounded!
It quickens all of our hearts to imagine that there are still major rarities out there waiting to be discovered!"