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    Bright and Sparkling Gem Proof 1859 Indian Cent

    1859 1C PR65 NGC. As mintages for circulation strikes climbed for the new copper-nickel alloy Cents, so did the number of proofs produced. However, most were unsold at year's end and subsequently melted. Very desirable from the collector's viewpoint, the 1859 is a distinct one-year type. This piece has miraculously retained the bright, light, almost white appearance of these coins when they were new. Only the reverse shows slight toning with a light overlay of golden and lilac patina. This solid Gem is identifiable by two minor planchet flaws: a small flake out of the obverse near the rim at 5 o'clock, and a slightly curved planchet depression in the center of the reverse.
    From the Alex Highland 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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    Auction Dates
    June, 2002
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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