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    1829 N-6 Cent, PR64 Brown
    Bronzed Finish

    1829 1C Bronzed, Large Letters PR64 Brown PCGS. N-6, R.6 as a Proof. Our EAC Grade PR61. The Philadelphia Mint during the 19th century issued many bronzed medals, made by treating copper planchets with bronzing powder prior to the strike. In fact, this was the usual surface for medals sold to collectors during that century. However, bronzed cents are uncommon, although the Eliasberg 1829 N-6 proof was also bronzed. Some N-6 proofs have a regular finish; the Mervis Collection contains such a specimen as the very next lot. N-6 was also struck in business format and is plentiful in worn grades.

    N-6 is identified by a repunched base on the L in LIBERTY. The E and T in LIBERTY are also repunched. The reverse is less distinctive but the N in CENT is repunched near its right base. Both dies were only used to strike N-6.

    The present mahogany-brown near-Gem is well struck except on the upper four stars. This localized softness is caused by an axially misaligned hammer die. Areas of minor gray toning are note but of little consequence. No post-strike contact is evident. A few slender obverse flan streaks are apricot-gold and indicate where the planchet was incorrectly treated with bronzing powder. A lintmark above the O in ONE provides an identifier. A second and trivial lintmark is west of the C in CENT.

    PCGS estimates only ten 1829 proofs are known. As of (12/13), PCGS has certified 5: 2 in 64 Brown, 2 in 65 Brown, and 1 in 65 Red and Brown. NGC has certified seven specimens, 6 as Bronzed and a single 64 Brown with a normal finish.
    Ex: Stack's (1/2008), lot 63.
    From The Adam Mervis Large Cent Collection.(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 267P, PCGS# 1792)

    Weight: 10.89 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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