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    1849 Large Cent, N-18, PR64+ Brown
    Extremely Rare Proof-Only Variety

    1849 1C N-18, R.6, PR64+ Brown PCGS. CAC. This issue represents the only 1849 die marriage that is certain to include proofs, and it is in fact a proof-only variety. Some of the obverse diagnostics are: a fine line down from the right side of Y in LIBERTY; point down from bottom of nose to lip; and a short meandering line on Liberty's nose in front of the eye. On the reverse, the two diagnostic features outlined by Grellman are similar to those that he mentions for all of the other proof-only die marriages from 1844 through 1848: Irregular line on rim over TED, and: the depth of the field is shallow from excessive die polishing. Grellman indicates that this same reverse die was used for all of the proof-only varieties dated from 1844 through 1849, and that he believes it probable that all such issues were struck for collectors after official large cent production had ceased altogether.

    This near-Gem specimen is fully struck and displays rich mahogany-brown coloration over both sides. The surfaces are impressively clean and, save for a single nick in the left obverse field, essentially mark-free. A high-end example of this extremely rare variety that may be conservatively graded at the current level. Our EAC grade PR55. Population: 1 in 64+ Brown, 0 finer (6/14). (Variety PCGS# 400588, Base PCGS# 1976)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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

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