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    PCGS 1857 PR 64 Brown. N-3. Important as the final year of the Large cent type. There is some uncertainty if the N-3 proofs are originals or whether they were struck in 1858-59 from leftover blanks from the restriking period during James Snowden's tenure as mint director. Characteristic of many of the proofs of this year and variety, this piece exudes a warm, rosy color beneath the coin's glossy brown patina. There is also a significant underlying iridescence that is most appealing. The deeply reflective proof fields are somewhat subdued from the depth of color, but leave no doubt about the status of this coin. When closely examined one notices many tiny lint marks in the fields. Apparently a cloth was used to wipe the dies and static electricity caused lint to cling to the dies and strike their impressions onto the finished coin. Breen estimates that perhaps 80 or so proofs survive of this variety. This is certainly a fine specimen that should bring strong bids from both copper collectors as well as proof type collectors. Population: 6 in 64, only 2 finer (12/94). (NGC ID# 2275, PCGS# 2000)

    Weight: 10.89 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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    February, 1995
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