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    Rare 1831 Matron Head Cent PR62 Brown

    1831 1C PR62 Brown PCGS. N-11, R.8 as a proof. In addition to its obvious rarity as a Matron Head proof, this is a curious and interesting coin as it is one of the few legitimate proofs one will ever see with pronounced die cracks. By definition, later proofs lack die cracks (usually, not always) as they were first strikes from new dies. This was obviously not the case in 1831. All the stars around the obverse are connected by a die crack, and there is just the faintest evidence of a crack at the base of the date. The fields are deeply mirrored and show evidence of heavy die polishing in order to produce specimen coinage from this die pairing. The striking details are also fully brought up in all areas. This is notable as coins of this type are usually found with uneven striking definition, with either the centers strong and the peripheries weak, or vice versa. The recessed areas are a deep, royal blue, while the raised portions of the design are medium brown in hue. The only mark of note is located in the left obverse field between stars 3 and 4. There are also a couple of squiggly lint marks on the reverse, the result of wiping the die with a cloth and lint adhering to the die. Population: 2 in 62, 1 finer (11/06). This piece was formerly certified as PR64 Brown NGC. EAC PR60+.
    Ex: Peter Mougey (Thomas Elder, 9/1910), lot 168; Lahrman Collection (Abe Kosoff, 2/1963), lot 367; R.E. Naftzger, Jr.; Eric J. Streiner; Legend Numismatics; American Numismatic Rarities (3/2004), lot 324. (Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 2263, PCGS# 1796)

    Weight: 10.89 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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