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    1899 Indian Cent, MS68 Red
    The Finest Coin in the Series

    1899 1C MS68 Red PCGS. Eagle Eye Photo Seal. We first offered this piece in January 2003, then offered it again in 2009. Here we essentially reproduce the original description: Of all the hundreds of millions of bronze Indian cents struck from 1864 until the end of the series in 1909, this example stands alone as the finest survivor of the type. Both sides are essentially blemish-free with fabulous mint luster. Sharply struck throughout.

    The current PCGS Population Report lists two bronze Indian cents at the MS68 Red level, both of which are dated 1899. It has long been believed, by Richard Snow and others, that this is an error and that the present example is the only bronze Indian cent graded MS68 Red. This coin was the most prized piece in the Dr. Alan Epstein Collection. When Eagle Eye Rare Coins purchased that collection in 1995, this was the coin that proved most difficult for Dr. Epstein to part with. In fact, as the collection was being dispersed, he bought this coin back. He knew that any attempt to duplicate his efforts at creating the finest Indian cent collection would necessarily mean he would need this coin. About a year later he finally decided to part with the coin. It was then sold into the Gorrell Collection though Eagle Eye Rare Coins and in 2009 it entered the Joseph C. Thomas Collection, making this offering only the second auction appearance for this singular condition rarity. Once this coin sells there will not be another chance to purchase a bronze Indian cent at this stellar level of preservation.

    The PCGS population remains unchanged and we still believe this is a duplicate entry, remaining the sole MS68 Red in the entire series. There may never be another one graded so fine. The present opportunity provides collectors with a chance to acquire the ultimate bronze Indian Head cent.
    From the Dr. Alan Epstein and Joseph P. Gorrell Collections; The Joseph C. Thomas Collection / Central State Signature (Heritage, 4-5/2009), lot 2091.
    From The Castle Collection. (Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 228U, PCGS# 2204)

    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
    August, 2019
    14th-18th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 22
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