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    1834 N-7 Cent, PR60 Brown
    Proof-Only Variety
    Fourth Finest Known

    1834 1C Large 8, Large Stars, Large Letters PR60 Brown PCGS. N-7, R.7. Our EAC Grade PR55. There are only seven die varieties known for the 1834 large cents, and they fall into four different Guide Book groupings:

    Small 8, Large Stars, Medium Letters - N-1, N-2
    Large 8, Small Stars, Medium Letters - N-3, N-4
    Large 8, Large Stars, Medium Letters - N-5
    Large 8, Large Stars, Large Letters - N-6, N-7


    For Guide Book collectors and Set Registry collectors, the last group is available in the form of business strikes (N-6), and proofs (N-7).

    The 1834 N-7 is the sole proof-only variety in the middle date cent series (1816-1839), and there are no more than eight examples identified today. The four finest examples grade PR65, PR63, PR62, and PR60, per Denis Loring, who maintains a detailed census of all proof large cents. This example is the PR60+ coin on his list. Three others are significantly impaired, grading XF40, VG8, and Good 6, the last only recently discovered. Loring records one additional piece from a New Jersey dealer to Stack's, but nothing else is known of that specimen.

    This lovely proof has rich dark chocolate-brown surfaces beneath stunning blue -steel toning, with fully mirrored fields. Trivial, scattered pit marks and faint hairlines are present on both sides. The design elements are nicely defined, although show some weakness. It is certainly not the "microscopically exact strike" that Stack's described, although it is an exceptionally attractive and highly appealing example.
    Ex: Dr. George P. French (B. Max Mehl, 1929 FPL), lot 540; T. James Clarke (1954); R.E. Naftzger, Jr.; Anthony J. Terranova; Stack's (3/2006), lot 2389; Catherine Bullowa (1/2007), lot 22.
    From The Adam Mervis Large Cent Collection.(Registry values: P5) (NGC ID# 2264, PCGS# 1799)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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

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