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    Conditionally Challenging Proof 1873 Cent, Attractive Gem Red Preservation

    1873 1C Closed 3 PR65 Red PCGS. Since they were struck early in the year, all proof 1873 Cents are of the Closed 3 variety. An analysis of surviving examples seems to suggest that the Mint took little care with the preparation of this issue. The fields are usually moderately reflective, at best, and the attenuated nature of Liberty's eye and the first feather in the headdress further suggest excessive die polishing. Writing in 2002, Ron Sirna notes of the proof 1873: "This is a very tough coin to locate in gem full red condition. This is due to the sloppy die preparation, which produced coins that do not seem to excite very often." We suspect that Sirna was not only referring to today's collectors and graders as those who are excited by the typical proof 1873 Cent, but also contemporary numismatists.
    A fortunate survivor, both the obverse and the reverse are aglow with reddish-orange luster. Suitably vibrant reflectivity shimmers over crisp features that were obviously the recipient of a powerful impression. A tiny planchet void (as produced) on Liberty's cheek should not be confused with a grade-limiting contact mark. Population: 24 in 65 Red, just three are finer (1/03).
    From the Colburn Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 229S, PCGS# 2308)

    Weight: 3.11 grams

    Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2003
    1st-3rd Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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