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    Colorfully Toned and Shimmering 1859 Proof Indian Cent

    1859 1C PR66 NGC. Broad borders, razor sharp striking detail, and glowing reflectivity in the fields readily identify this coin as a proof. There is also a reverse die chip (as produced) between the denticles just before 12 o'clock that is diagnostic of the reverse die used for the proof 1859 Indian Cent. The otherwise honey-tan color yields to pastel tinged champagne, apricot, and lilac shadings as the surfaces dip into the light. Striations (also as struck) are seen at the same angles, but there are expectantly few blemishes for the premium quality Gem grade. Although federal records report that 800 proofs were made in this, the first year of the Indian Cent series, many examples were melted as unsold at year's end. A rare date, survivors are always in demand for first-year proof type purposes.
    From the Joseph P. Gorrell Collection.

    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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    January, 2003
    8th-11th Wednesday-Saturday
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