1788 Massachusetts Copper Cent, Ryder 12-I, Period After Massachusetts, R4-. This coin has been authenticated and graded by PCGS as VF35, and frankly it is VERY undergraded because in hand it faces up as a CHOICE AU. I think PCGS was fooled a bit by the strike on this coin, because the obverse is definitely weaker than the reverse. That reverse is in fact fully AU50+ and I don't know if you call it gloss or luster, but regardless it is gorgeous and CHOICE! To balance my opinion with the PCGS grade, I will roll with CHOICE EF40+, and opine that if CAC were still certifying colonials, that this one would certainly get a sticker! Ex-Ebay 2008; Furnace Run collection.