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    Scintillating MS67 Red 1881 Cent

    1881 1C MS67 Red PCGS. The 1881 cent is a common issue. That is not surprising considering its mintage of more than 39 million pieces. So what makes a coin such as this so special? The answer is simply quality. Not only was this coin far above average on the day it was minted, but it also managed to survive the past 127 years in a nearly perfect state of preservation. Rather than the red one usually thinks of, this piece is more orange: the color of a new copper cent. Only on the reverse does one see a hint of actual red color. Simply amazing surfaces. The strike is complete on each side. The only flaw is a short, diagonal mark on the cheek of the Indian, and this in no way impairs the tremendous eye appeal of this coin.
    The PCGS Population Report indicates that 180 1881 cents have been designated as Red, with the majority of those coins in near-Gem or Gem condition. Only four examples have been certified at the MS67 level, with none graded finer (6/08). The numbers at NGC are even tighter; 84 coins graded Red with the finest being a lone MS67 cent. A further analysis of population data from previous years confirms that little has changed over the past decade and it is difficult to imagine a notable--or any--increase in the upper echelon of certified grades going forward. Regarding the four Superb Gem 1881 cents reflected in the PCGS Population Report, we were unable to verify that four actually exist, or if the total includes a resubmission. Either is a possibility. Nonetheless, the availability of this issue in MS67 Red is clearly limited. In fact, in the 15-year history of our online auction archives only one other PCGS-certified Superb Gem has crossed the auction block at Heritage.
    From the Estate of Robert R. Rollins Collection, Part Three.
    (Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2288, PCGS# 2141)

    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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    Jul-Aug, 2008
    30th-3rd Wednesday-Sunday
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