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    1859 Indian Cent, PR66 Cameo
    Laurel Wreath Reverse, One-Year Subtype

    1859 1C PR66 Cameo PCGS. This attractive Premium Gem Cameo comes from the lone Laurel Wreath proof issue, one with an estimated production of only 800 coins. Few survive anywhere near as nice as this coin. The strike is crisp, and the surfaces are primarily peach with subtle mint and violet accents. Both sides offer top-notch preservation and appreciable contrast.

    Population Data (4/14): PCGS shows this piece tied for finest with five other PR66 Cameo submissions. The finest Cameos at NGC are five (including one Plus and one Star coin) with one PR67 Cameo the finest.

    Heritage Commentary: The transitional Flying Eagle design was short-lived, and after just two years of circulation-strike service, the eagle gave way to Longacre's Liberty in an Indian headdress. The 1859 pieces displayed a plain laurel wreath on the reverse. For 1860, that wreath changed to an oak wreath with a shield at the top, creating a one-year variety.

    Provenance: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 2693.(Registry values: P6)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2299, PCGS# 82247)

    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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