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    1865 Two Cent, PR66 Red and Brown
    One of the Finest Examples at PCGS

    1865 2C PR66 Red and Brown PCGS. Violet, rose, and pumpkin-gold hues complement copper-brown color overall. Partly reflective surfaces feature razor-sharp definition on the olive leaves, shield lines, and the wreath elements, as one would expect of a proof strike. Each side is free from any mentionable contact marks with mild carbon on the reverse.

    Variety: Plain 5, as seen on all proofs. Business strikes are also known with the Fancy 5.

    Population Data (8/15): The 16 PR66 Red and Brown coins at PCGS are tied for finest at that service. NGC reports nine Premium Gem Red and Brown proofs with two submissions finer.

    Heritage Commentary: All of the reported 500 proofs struck in 1865 show a Plain 5 in the date. Most surviving examples are certified in the Red and Brown category, and the average grade among certified representatives falls between PR64 and PR65. Comparable Premium Gems are very rare. The Bowers and Merena cataloger wrote of this piece in 1997: "A splendid gem Proof of absolutely superb quality, one of the very finest seen. In fact, we do not recall ever having seen a nicer one!"

    Provenance: Pennsylvania Cabinet (Bowers and Merena, 11/1997), lot 211.(Registry values: N1793) (NGC ID# 274U, PCGS# 3628)

    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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