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    Choice 1864 Bronze Proof Indian Cent

    1864 1C Bronze PR 64 Red NGC. Whereas the Philadelphia Mint produced at least 370 proof copper-nickel cents in 1864, only 170 examples of the new bronze composition emerged from the coinage presses later in the year. While the vast majority of the latter number do not display James Barton Longacre's initial, the present near-gem is still an elusive condition rarity from this prized transitional year in small cent production. Vibrant orange-red luster radiates powerfully through the holder and accentuates the boldly impressed features. Largely free of marks and/or hairlines, the surfaces reveal a few inconspicuous carbon spots on both sides that rule out an even higher grade assessment. In sum, however, this is a lovely coin whose charm could only be served by a strong bid. PCGS and NGC combined report only 11 examples in PR 64 with 10 finer (9/99).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 229F, PCGS# 2278)

    Weight: 3.11 grams

    Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2000
    5th-7th Wednesday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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