Gorgeous PR67 Cameo 1858 Large Letters Cent1858 1C Large Letters PR67 Cameo NGC. A most intriguing coin for the numismatic scholar. Not all the diagnostics are clear as listed in Snow's reference, yet there is absolutely no doubt about the coin's status as a proof. It appears that the dies may have been polished between the time most of the Large Letters proofs were struck and when this piece was produced, and the extra die polishing may have effaced several of the diagnostics.
Also of interest are the obverse fields. They have a "dry creek bed" appearance, which is more suggestive of the "orange-peel" surfaces seen on proofs from the 1880s, or the micro-cracking seen on proofs struck from chromium plated dies minted after 1928. In either case, the fields show illimitable depth of mirrored reflectivity, which fuels the coin's contrast.
Technical considerations aside, this Superb Gem has incredible eye appeal. The devices are noticeably frosted, reinforcing the theory that this piece was struck from a fresh set of dies. The surfaces have retained thoroughly original light golden-rose color with a pale accent of lilac on the reverse. A few tiny flecks are seen on the obverse, while the only mentionable flaw on the reverse is a strike-through of some sort below the left (facing) ribbon bow. An exquisite proof Flying Eagle cent that offers both incredible quality and numismatic intrigue--what more could a collector want? Census: 2 in 67 Cameo, 0 finer (6/09).(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 2ZB3, PCGS# 82042)
Weight: 4.70 grams
Metal: 88% Copper, 12% Nickel
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