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1842 Breen 1-B

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Type coin
Title 1842 Breen 1-B
Date 1842
Country U.S.
Grade PR66
Service PCGS
Denomination H1c
Variety Breen 1-B

1842 First Restrike Proof Breen 1-B R6+. PCGS graded Proof 66+ Red & Brown. CAC. Reverse of 1856. Light bluish steel brown with beautiful electric blue and iridescent rose tones on the reverse, 20% of the mint color remaining. The mirrors in the obverse fields are deep while the reverse fields are slightly less reflective, those fields showing moderate to deep mirrors. This piece offers outstanding eye appeal. The only marks are a small spot of darker bluish steel toning (not carbon) in the field under the chin near the throat, a similar spot over the right top of the 4, and another on the lower right point of star 3. This example was used to illustrate the variety in the Breen encyclopedia, and the obverse is plated on page 115 in the second edition of the Cohen reference. Our grade is Proof-65. Weight 82.3 grains, apparently from Breen's Series I. There is an obvious knife rim on the obverse from star 5 to star 11. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the finest graded. (PCGS # 35355) Estimate Value $12,500 - UP Ex Carl M. Wurtzbach-Virgil M. Brand 6/20/1925-Brand Estate-Armin William Brand (consigned to Burdette G. Johnson February 1941, not sold) 6/21/1946-Armin W. Brand Estate-Jane Brand Allen-integrated into the Anderson Dupont (duPont) Sale, Part II, Stack's 11/11/1954:1134 ($190.00)-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-R. Tettenhorst-EPNNES-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 42.2.1).

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 159.

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