Description

    1850 N-11 Cent, PR66 Red and Brown
    From the Pittman Collection
    The Finest Known 1850 Proof Cent

    1850 1C PR66 Red and Brown NGC. N-11, R.7 as a Proof. Our EAC Grade PR64. A highly appealing Premium Gem, this lovely proof offers considerable orange mint color accenting delicate blue toning on the obverse and faint olive splashes on the reverse. Aside from a small corrosion spot over the ST in STATES, both sides are pristine. The fields are nicely mirrored. Satin luster appears on the sharply detailed devices.

    Variety: As expected, this is an early die state of 1850 N-11, struck before the business strikes. Bob Grellman notes that proofs are early die states with reflective fields that are not deeply mirrored. This example seems to be a pleasant exception to the rule.

    Population Data (7/14): NGC has certified three proof 1850 large cents as PR64 Brown, PR65 Brown, and PR66 Red and Brown. PCGS has certified five: PR64 Brown (two), PR64 Red and Brown, PR65 Brown, and PR66 Red and Brown.

    Heritage Commentary: Less than a dozen 1850 proof large cents are known. Bob Grellman rates this variety High R.7 in proof; Denis Loring records eight proofs in his Condition Census. This piece heads the list, according to the grades that Loring assigns the individual specimens.

    Provenance: Abner Kreisberg; John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 257; Superior (5/2003), lot 1005; American Numismatic Rarities (9/2003), lot 141; Bowers and Merena (8/2004), lot 15; Summit Rare Coins (8/2004).(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 272S, PCGS# 1980)

    Weight: 10.89 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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