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    Superior 1862 Indian Cent in PR 66

    1862 1C PR 66 NGC. While there is considerable debate surrounding the verity of this issue's mintage of 550 pieces, we do know that the 1862 is the most available proof copper-nickel cent in today's hobby. Snow (1992) even goes so far as to estimate the extant population at half the number of coins produced. If he is correct, then most survivors must be low grade and/or impaired because the present example is in select company at the PR 66 level. This is one of the most beautiful copper-nickel Indian cents that this cataloger has seen. The surfaces display a clean, tan-pink sheen that oscillates between glassy reflectivity in the fields and frosty texture over the devices. Not a single contact mark is distracting to the naked eye, and the surfaces are also free of grade-limiting spots. It is difficult for us to imagine that NGC and PCGS have graded four coins finer than this lovely Gem specimen (7/00).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 229C, PCGS# 2259)

    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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    November, 2000
    16th-17th Thursday-Friday
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