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    Gem Mint State 1873 Doubled LIBERTY Cent

    1873 1C Doubled LIBERTY MS65 Red and Brown PCGS. Snow-1. This lovely cent is accompanied by an Eagle Eye photo seal, with a matching photograph of the obverse. According to Indian Cent specialist Rick Snow, "Only 2 examples of the 1873 Doubled Liberty are graded MS65 by PCGS, the present coin which is 85% red and the example presently in a Washington State collection, which is 20% red. I have had the pleasure of owning both at one time and there is no question this is the better, if only because of the additional amount of original red. The present coin came to light in the mid-1990's while I was in a partnership with Brian Wagner as Eagle Eye Rare Coins. From the first time we saw the coin, we always declared it to be the finest known 1873 Doubled LIBERTY. Few could argue. The only contender in terms of color is a MS-64RD graded by PCGS which sold for over $80,000 in 1998."
    Walter Breen claims discovery of this variety circa 1957, and its first appearance in the Guide Book was 25 years ago. The Doubled LIBERTY description is technically correct, although some have called this a Doubled Die variety. It actually represents hub doubling as only the central device was doubled. The date and peripheral lettering are all normally formed.
    This example is from an early die state with a nearly perfect obverse lacking the usual crack through the bottom of the date (as seen on the other example). Faint traces of the crack are visible on this example between the bottom of the 8 and the 7. The advanced Indian Cent specialist would do well to consider acquisition of two specimens, illustrating the early and late die states of the variety. Both sides of this Gem quality specimen have considerable pale orange mint luster nicely blended with milk chocolate toning. The design details are sharply defined on both sides.(#2116)(Registry values: P10)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 227Y, PCGS# 2116)

    Weight: 3.11 grams

    Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin & Zinc

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2005
    27th-29th Wednesday-Friday
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