Gem Brown Proof 1834 Large Cent, N-31834 Matron Head Cent PR65 Brown NGC. N-3, Low R.7 as a Proof. Large 8, Small Stars, Medium Letters (Breen calls them Small Letters in the Complete Encyclopedia). The dies for this proof cent are the same used to produce the proof 1834 cent in the famous King of Siam proof set, containing the 1804 Original silver dollar and the 1804 Plain 4 eagle, two of America's rarest and most famous coins. The matching dies indicate that this proof was almost certainly struck at about the same time, late in November or December 1834. The cent dies have a unique beaded border made by William Kneass, although he immediately reverted to the former serrated border. The C of AMERICA leans backward and shows signs of repunching; the N in UNITED was first punched 180 degrees off, then rotated and corrected. The Breen Proof Encyclopedia estimates that perhaps only 10 proofs survive today. This piece is an unquestioned proof, with razor-sharp devices and uniform, squared-off rims. The surfaces are free of mentionable distractions and evenly covered in medium chocolate-brown patina with rose and blue highlights. Census for N-3: 1 in 65 Brown, 0 finer (11/10). MRB PR63.
Ex: John Jay Pittman; Pittman Collection (Akers, 10/1997), lot 222; Denis Loring; Anthony J. Terranova; ANA (Superior, 8/2002), lot 1866, part of a complete assembled 1834 proof set; the present consignor.(Registry values: P5) (NGC ID# 2264, PCGS# 1799)
Weight: 10.89 grams
Metal: 100% Copper
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