Description

    1854 N-12 Cent, PR65 Red and Brown
    Early Die State

    1854 1C PR65 Red and Brown PCGS. CAC. N-12, R.6 as a Proof. Our EAC Grade PR63. Although many proof 1854 cents were impressed slightly off-center, the present example is nicely centered with an even strike. The focal features are crisply defined, but the obverse stars lack full radial lines. Both sides are essentially orange-pink in color with dappled glossy-brown patina that is more extensive on the reverse. There are no noticeable surface blemishes.

    Variety: N-12. R.2 for the date, but R.6 as a Proof.

    Population Data (5/14): It is believed no more than 30 to 40 proofs of this date exist. PCGS reports just two coins in PR65 Red and Brown, with none finer. NGC lists an additional two coins in Gem Red and Brown proof, with one PR66 example rated finer.

    Heritage Commentary: Repunching at the base of the 1 in the date, as well as faint die file marks below the last three digits in the date, are visible under magnification. These features are diagnostic of the early die state coins. The borders are broad with wire rims and the fields exhibit noticeable reflectivity at most angles.

    Provenance:
    Richard Allen Collection (Heritage, 1/2001), lot 6170.(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 2272, PCGS# 1992)

    Weight: 10.89 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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