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    1834 C-1, B-1 Half Cent, PR66 Brown
    Perfect Dies

    1834 1/2 C PR66 Brown NGC. C-1, B-1, Low R.6 as a Proof. Our EAC Grade PR63. This glittering Premium Gem Brown proof exhibits bold design definition with fully mirrored chocolate-brown surfaces that exhibit hints of original red, and delicate blue overtones. The strike is bold, displaying full central star details and strong leaf venation.

    Variety: Cohen-1, Breen-1. The only known die pair for both business strikes and proofs of 1834. Both formats are known from perfect dies, while clashed dies are rare among the few known proofs.

    Population Data (4/14): NGC has certified 13 proofs, including three PR66 Brown and one PR66 Red and Brown. PCGS has certified 17 proofs, including four PR66 Red and Brown. Neither service has assigned a finer numerical grade.

    Heritage Commentary: Walter Breen suggested a proof population of about 18 pieces in 1983, and Ron Manley concurred with that figure, based on a combined NGC and PCGS population of 19 pieces in January 1997. Today, more than 17 years later, the combined population has increased to 30 proofs. While some resubmissions are inevitable, the proof survival is likely closer to two dozen examples.

    Provenance: Bowers and Merena (1/2000), lot 5.(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 223A, PCGS# 1201)

    Weight: 5.44 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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

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    June, 2014
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