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1844 Breen 1-B

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Type coin
Title 1844 Breen 1-B
Date 1844
Country U.S.
Grade PR66
Service PCGS
Denomination H1c
Variety Breen 1-B

1844 First Restrike Proof Breen 1-B R7+. PCGS graded Proof 66 Red & Brown. CAC. Reverse of 1856. Mellowed mint red fading to light bluish steel brown, at least half of the original color remaining. The fields are highly reflective with deep mirrors on the obverse and moderate to deep mirrors on the reverse. The only defects, and they are trivial, are a small planchet chip right of star 2 and a carbon spot over the left side of star 1. Otherwise this piece is a solid gem. Plated on page 405 in the Breen encyclopedia to illustrate the variety. This piece is the first one listed in the Breen/Hanson condition census on that same page. Our grade is Proof-64+, very close to Proof-65. Weight 82.4 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the only example graded in RB. (PCGS # 35367) Estimate Value $17,500 - UP Ex Howard Rounds Newcomb (valued by Newcomb at $36.00) 1935 (privately)-B. Max Mehl 1935 (privately)-Col. E. H. R. Green 6/8/1936-Green Estate (appraised by F. C. C. Boyd for the Estate at $25.00 on 8/9/1937) sold in April 1943 for $30.01-the Newman/Johnson partnership-Burdette G. Johnson 2/2/1947-Burdette G. Johnson Estate 12/15/1948, valued at $65.00-later-Charles J. duPont, Anderson Dupont (duPont) Sale, Part II, Stack's 11/11/1954:1138 ($350.00)-Doris E. Nelson-Toby and Doris E. (Nelson) Szymanski (the "TAD" collection) Stack's 3/15/1975:865-R. Tettenhorst-EPNNES-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 44.2.1).

Price Realized: $74750

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 169.

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