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    Key Date 1821 Large Cent--MS 64 Red and Brown--One of the Finest Known

    1821 MS 64 Red and Brown NGC. N-2, R.1. Scarce in all grades and a major condition rarity above XF. Only two varieties exist of this rare date, this one being slightly the more available of the two. Only two coins have been certified by the major services as uncirculated, this specimen and a PCGS MS 63 Brown. As such this is the highest graded 1821 business strike and the only Red and Brown coin certified. The rarity of this date in mint condition is legendary. It is, in fact, more difficult to locate a mint state business strike than one of the proof specimens of this date, of which more than a dozen examples are known. A small hoard of seven mint state pieces were offered in the Long Beach Sale held by New England in October 1979. This piece is definitely not from that group, and is clearly superior judging from the color plate of those coins. If one is building a full red date set of Large cents, this specimen is the finest known and the closest to having full red luster. The obverse is approximately 80% red while the reverse is 20-30% red. A couple of tiny marks are noted behind the nose of Liberty, but these do not detract from the overall beauty of this important coin. (NGC ID# 2258, PCGS# 1622)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 1996
    14th-17th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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