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1847 Breen 1-A

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Type coin
Title 1847 Breen 1-A
Date 1847
Country U.S.
Grade PR65
Service PCGS
Denomination H1c
Variety Breen 1-A

1847 Proof Original (Breen's Restrike Series VII) Breen 1-A R8. PCGS graded Proof 65 Brown. CAC. Uniform light chocolate brown with hints of iridescent rose and lilac in the fields on both sides. The fields are nicely reflective with moderately deep mirrors. There is a light nick on the rim near the dentils right of star 12, a speck of darker toning in the field between stars 3 and 4, a tiny struck-through mark in the field off the brow lock, and microscopic planchet chips around the lower half of the reverse rim, as struck. This is Breen's plate coin for his "Restrike Series VII" version of the Proof Original large berry reverse (see page 419 in his encyclopedia). These "Series VII" pieces were struck using the original dies, but the dies were repolished prior to use and were struck with a knife rim on the upper half of the obverse. The vertical die lines left of star 6 that are present on the earlier original strikes are now faint. Apparently the "Series VII" originals are technically restrikes specially struck to satisfy customer demands made after the supply of originals available from the Mint was exhausted. Only two examples are known to us, this piece and the Norweb coin (Bowers & Merena 10/12/1987:116), although others may exist. Our grade is Proof-62+. Weight 85.0 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the finest graded. (PCGS # 1290) Estimate Value $17,500 - UP Ex 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 47.1.1).

Price Realized: $77625

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 180.

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