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    1844 N-8 Large Cent, PR64 Red and Brown
    Rare Proof-Only Variety

    1844 1C PR64 Red and Brown PCGS. CAC. N-8, High R.6. Our EAC Grade PR63. Fully and nicely mirrored fields frame the satin devices of this attractive proof. Both sides show intermingled orange mint color with navy-blue and chocolate-brown toning. A few spots on the obverse, including those at star 1 and above the hair bun, will aid identification

    Variety: N-8 is a proof-only variety, the first of several such die combinations sharing a common reverse with a die scratch on the rim over TE of UNITED. The other proof varieties using the reverse are 1845 N-14, 1846 N-22, 1846 N-24, 1847 N-42, 1848 N-19, and 1849 N-18.

    Population Data (7/14): Proof 1844 large cents are considerably scarcer than those of 1841, and they are rarer than most other Braided Hair dates known in proof. PCGS has certified 12 proof examples and NGC seven. PR64 is typical with 10 proofs at that grade level. Four others are PR63 and five are PR65. All three color designations are represented.

    Heritage Commentary: Denis Loring has compiled and continually updates a proof large cent census. He identifies two proofs of N-1 and just over a dozen N-8 proofs. Over the last three decades, this piece has enjoyed just four owners -- Floyd Starr, Herman Halpern, J.R. Frankenfield, and Gene Gardner, an impressive numismatic roster.

    Provenance: Floyd T Starr (Stack's, 6/1984), lot 451; Herman Halpern (Stack's, 3/1988), lot 568; J.R. Frankenfield (Superior, 2/2001), lot 1291.(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 226U, PCGS# 1962)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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

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