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    1861 Indian Cent, PR65
    Elusive Copper-Nickel Proof

    1861 1C PR65 PCGS. CAC. Satiny, razor-sharp motifs complement ample reflectivity in the fields on each side of this Gem bronze-gold proof. A few microscopic specks are detectable with a lens but do not pose a distraction. A hint of cameo contrast is observed on the obverse but is lacking on the reverse.

    Population Data (3/15): PCGS shows 22 in PR65 and three PR66 finer. NGC shows 20 in PR65 (one PR65 ★ ) and eight at the PR66 numeric level, including one each with Plus and Star designations.

    Heritage Commentary: Mint records report a mintage of 1,000 proof 1861 Indian cents, but a portion of them, as many as 600 pieces per Walter Breen, were likely melted as unsold at the end of the year. This would account for the unusually low certified population for this date and, by extension, its rarity in Gem condition.

    Provenance: Purchased from Bill Nagle (1/2011).(Registry values: N2998)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 229B, PCGS# 2256)

    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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