1811 C-1 R4. PCGS graded MS-66 Red & Brown. CAC. Beautiful electric blue steel with mint red covering 20% of the obverse, 10% of the reverse. Virtually flawless with stunning eye appeal, a highlight of this superb collection. The only identifying marks are a barely visible hairline from star 2 to the field right of star 6 and a speck of darker toning midway between the F in OF and adjacent A. The fields are smooth and reflective with moderately deep mirrors on the obverse and shallow mirrors on the reverse, where those fields are covered with very fine nearly vertical die polishing lines that restrict the reflectivity. Identical die state to the Norweb proof (or specimen strike), but this example has better color and far fewer defects than the Norweb piece (Bowers & Merena 10/12/1987:67). However, the Norweb example had a slightly sharper strike on the upper stars and lower part of the wreath. The status of this piece as a proof, presentation, or specimen strike is subject to debate, but the fantastic eye appeal is not at issue. Our grade is MS65 Prooflike. Plated on page 77 in the second edition of the Cohen book and on the color plate at the back of the Breen encyclopedia where he showcases the "WOW" half cents, one for each year. This coin finished first for the die variety in the competitive Half Cent Happenings held at the Early American Coppers (EAC) annual conventions in 1998 and 2011. Weight 85.0 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the finest graded for the variety. (PCGS # 35240) Estimate Value $200,000 - UP Ex Hollis Page-Dr. Thomas Hall (his inventory # H1191) May 1909-Hall Estate 1909-Virgil M. Brand 6/20/1925-Brand Estate-Armin William Brand (consigned to Burdette G. Johnson 2/7/1941)-sold to Eric P. Newman for $150.00 (Newman traded a selection of Colonel Green coins to Johnson who in turn paid cash to Brand)-EPNNES November/December 1980-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 11.1.6).
Price Realized: $1121250
Images and description courtesy of Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, Los Angeles, CA.
From Goldberg's sale of the Missouri Cabinet Collection, 1/26/2014, lot 102.
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