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    Proof 1859 Indian Cent Rarity

    1859 1C PR 66 PCGS. Designed by James Barton Longacre, the Indian cent made its debut in 1859. This initial delivery displayed a simple reverse design with the denomination ONE CENT enclosed in a laurel wreath. Since Longacre's oak wreath and shield motif was adopted in 1860, the 1859 has gained numismatic immortality as a one-year type. Proofs of this issue are rare, despite the fact that Mint records show a not insignificant mintage of 800 pieces. In the late 1850s, proof sets were not as popular among collectors as they are today, and a sizeable percentage of this issue was undoubtedly melted as unsold. Both sides of this coin are free of grade-limiting hairlines and contact marks. The color is predominantly olive-orange in shade, but a swirl of lighter patina is noted over the upper reverse. Modestly reflective, this is an uncommonly well preserved coin for an early proof delivery. Population: 15 in 66, with a single coin finer (10/00).
    From the Joshua 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, 2001
    4th-6th Thursday-Saturday
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