1854 1C, RB
Rare Proof 1854 Coronet Cent1854 1C PR 65 Red and Brown PCGS. N-12. The mintage of this delivery is not known, but Breen (1977) states that this proof issue is less rare than the similarly dated half cent. The author asserts that 30-50 proof 1854 cents are extant, at least one of which is impaired. Repunching at the base of the 1 in the date, as well as faint die file marks below the last three digits in the date, are visible under a loupe. These features are diagnostic of this die marriage. The borders are broad with wire rims and the fields exhibit noticeable reflectivity at most angles. Although many proof 1854 cents were impressed slightly off-center, the present example is nicely centered with an even strike. The focal features are crisply defined, but the obverse stars lack full radial lines. Both sides are essentially orange-pink in color with dappled glossy-brown patina that is more extensive on the reverse. There are no noticeable surface blemishes.
From the Richard Allen Collection. (NGC ID# 2272, PCGS# 1992)
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