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    Finest Known 1841 Proof Cent--Ex: Benson Collection of Finest Knowns

    1841 PR 66 Brown PCGS. Of the 14 proofs certified of this date by both services, this is the finest example graded and presumably the finest known. While labeled as a "Brown" coin, the surfaces have a remarkable amount of life with small traces of bright mint luster still surrounding the devices. Elsewhere the fields are bright with iridescent lime-green and blue color, deriving much of their sheen from the proof finish. A couple of dozen proofs were struck according to Breen, and six were sold in the Chapmans' Eavenson Sale of 1903. With this coin's color and overall splendid preservation of surfaces, it is not much of a stretch to believe that this is one of those pieces, which allegedly were consigned from the estate of Patterson DuBois. From the Benson Collection. (NGC ID# 226S, PCGS# 1952)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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