1829 N-6 Cent, PR64 Red and Brown
1829 1C Large Letters PR64 Red and Brown PCGS. N-6, R.6 as a
Proof. Our EAC Grade PR63. An experimental year for proof large
cents. Some N-6 proofs have a bronzed finish, such as seen on the
prior lot, and others have a normal finish. This piece ranks about
fourth or fifth on the Census listing of proof large cents. It has
a normal finish. Mint red fills the legends and outlines the stars.
The high points and open fields are medium brown with glimpses of
golden-brown. The fields are virtually unabraded though we note a
small spot above the T in CENT. The cheek displays a few minuscule
strike-throughs, as made. Satin cartwheel luster is evident though
the surfaces also exhibit moderate reflectivity.
Normal Finish, Large Letters
The strike is sharp and there is no indication of axial misalignment of the dies, though they are rotated slightly clockwise. The prior lot, a bronzed proof, is struck from axially misaligned dies and is rotated counter-clockwise approximately 45 degrees. The obvious conclusion is that the bronzed proofs and regular proofs were separate deliveries struck at different times. There appears to be die rust near the second S in STATES that is absent on the preceding N-6 lot. This suggests that the bronzed proofs are originals and the regular finish proofs are restrikes. Population: 2 in 64 Red and Brown, none finer (12/13).
Ex: Frank D. Taylor (Henry Chapman, 6/1908), lot 151; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 10/1995), lot 5725; Baltimore ANA (Heritage, 7/2008), lot 1513.
From The Adam Mervis Large Cent Collection.(Registry values: P3) (PCGS# 1793)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 100% Copper
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