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    1859 Indian Cent, Premium Gem Proof
    Introductory Issue and Single-Year Type

    1859 1C PR66 NGC. Golden-olive and bronze patina colors the obverse. The reverse features a wonderful array of hues, including orange, magenta, blue, and gold. As expected, the devices are fully struck. The fields show deep mirroring, though cameo contrast is minimal. Housed in a prior generation holder.

    Population Data (8/15): NGC and PCGS report 19 (one PR66 ) and 22 Premium Gem proofs respectively, with two finer at NGC and one finer at PCGS.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1859 proof Indian cent offers numerous desirable qualities that collectors eagerly seek. It is the first date in the Indian Head series and a single-year type (the laurel wreath was changed to oak in 1860). The issue has a limited production estimated at 800 specimens, and Rick Snow believes "no more than half the mintage was sold." The issue is also from the earliest period of proofs marketed to the general public.

    Provenance: Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 7/1997), lot 28.(Registry values: N4719)

    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
    October, 2015
    28th Wednesday
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