1829 C-1 R8 (as a Specimen Strike) PCGS Graded SP63 Brown. Beautiful blue steel with traces of iridescent rose in protected areas. The fields are nicely reflective with moderate to deep mirrors on both sides. The only defects are a tiny planchet chip on the jawline left of the earlobe and a dull, light scratch close under star 4. Weight 85.2 grains. This is the second of four confirmed Proof strikes listed in the Breen/Hanson condition census for the variety (Breen encyclopedia, page 335). PCGS recognized the special nature of this piece, but decided to call it a "Specimen" strike rather than a proof. Either way this is an extraordinary piece that offers outstanding eye appeal. Our grade is Proof/Specimen-62. And it comes with a great provenance. The attribution, SPECIMEN status, and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the only Specimen Strike graded. (PCGS # 35268) Estimate Value $17,500 - UP Ex Henry Clay Miller, Thomas L. Elder 4/13/1917:1056 ($9)-(via Lyman H. Low) Virgil M. Brand 6/20/1925-Brand Estate-Armin William Brand (consigned to Burdette G. Johnson 8/27/1935)-Joseph Brobston, Stack's FPL #69 (as a Proof strike), 1/1963-Philip M. Showers, Stack's 1969 (privately)-Willis Harrington duPont-Fred S. "Freddy" Werner 2/1976-Superior Stamp and Coin Company, Inc., 2/1976-Joe Flynn and Son Rare Coins, Inc. (Joseph S. Flynn, Jr.) 4/20/1976 (as a Proof strike)-R. Tettenhorst-EPNNES-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 29.1.2).
Price Realized: $32200
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 117.
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