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    1864 Small Motto Two Cent, PR65 Brown
    Sole Gem Brown Proof at PCGS
    Rare So Fine

    1864 2C Small Motto PR65 Brown PCGS. We know that the Philadelphia Mint produced approximately 100 proof two cent pieces in July 1864, but we do not know the percentage breakdown between Large Motto and Small Motto coins in that delivery. Breen (1988) states that all 100+ two cent pieces issued with the 1864 proof sets could have been Large Motto examples, which means that a few proof Small Motto specimens were made at a later time and sold individually. The author also accepts the possibility that the Small Motto coins could have formed a limited percentage of the aforementioned 100-coin proof mintage. Regardless of which, if either, of these theories is correct, the rarity of the present example is unquestionable.

    The present Gem proof is richly and originally toned in mahogany-brown with streaks of pale tan in the center and upper-right obverse. A cornucopia of golden-blue, orange-red, and salmon-pink undertones are a little more uniform on the reverse. The fields are highly reflective, and razor-sharp strike detail is evident at first glance. This coin would form the centerpiece of any specialized collection of 19th century proof coinage. This coin is the sole Brown Gem proof Small Motto at PCGS, and that service shows only seven submissions in all colors and contrast levels in PR65 or finer grades (3/15).
    Ex: Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 8/2001), lot 56, where it realized $31,050 and was plated on the first page of that catalog; Troy Wiseman Collection / Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2006), lot 626, brought $37,375.
    From The DeRobertis Brothers Collection.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 274S, PCGS# 3624)

    Weight: 6.22 grams

    Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin & zinc


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

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