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1849 Breen 1-A

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Type coin
Title 1849 Breen 1-A
Date 1849
Country U.S.
Grade PR65
Service PCGS
Denomination H1c
Variety Breen 1-A

1849 Small Date Proof Original Breen 1-A R6+. PCGS graded Proof 65 Brown. CAC. Light brown with iridescent rose and blue steel overtones plus faded mint red in protected areas of the reverse. The fields are nicely reflective with moderately deep mirrors on both sides. Kept from gem status by a tiny spot of planchet impurity struck into the field left of star 11 and a microscopic chip on the coronet over the I in LIBERTY. As a point of interest, the 8 in the date on all the Small Date Proofs is weaker than the other three digits. The weakness appears to have been caused by a clog in the die that went uncorrected during its use on both the Originals and First Restrikes. Listed in the Breen/Hanson condition census on page 427 in Breen's encyclopedia. Our grade is Proof-63. Weight 83.5 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 2; tied with the following lot for finest graded. (PCGS # 35369) Estimate Value $8,500 - UP Ex R. L. Miles, Jr., Stack's 4/10/1969:64 ($700)-Hathaway and Bowers Galleries, Inc. (Terry Hathaway and Q. David Bowers) Fixed Price List #3, December 1969-Bowers and Ruddy Galleries, Inc., Rare Coin Review #10, March-April 1971-Ellis and Doris Robison Family Collection, Stack's 2/10/1982:383 ($2,200)-R. E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr., Stack's (Auction '89) 7/7/1989:1527-R. Tettenhorst-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 49.2.2).

Price Realized: $36800

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 191.

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