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    First-Year 1859 Indian Cent, An Important Proof Specimen

    1859 1C PR64 PCGS. An elusive first-year proof Cent, most of the 800 coins originally produced are believed to have been melted as unsold at the end of 1859. We suggest that type collectors pay special attention when this coin crosses the auction block, as the 1859 is not only a first-year issue, but also an important one-year type. This well preserved near-Gem is suitably reflective beneath warm olive-orange and honey-tan iridescence. A full strike adds even more to the already pleasing eye appeal, and were it not for a few tiny carbon spots, this coin would probably warrant a full Gem grade.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2299, PCGS# 2247)

    Weight: 4.67 grams

    Metal: 88% Copper, 12% Nickel

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

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2002
    27th-30th Saturday-Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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