|Title||1849 Breen 1-B|
1849 Small Date First Restrike Proof Breen 1-B R6. PCGS graded Proof 64 Red & Brown. CAC. Reverse of 1856. Bright original mint red fading to steel brown on the highpoints, 90% of the original color remaining. A breathtaking example with deeply mirrored fields and nearly flawless surfaces. But it's not quite perfect. There are microscopic specks of steel toning on the neck and face, and a speck of darker toning under the stem end. The only contact mark is a faint vertical scratch in the field up from the right point of star 3. The reverse is pristine. Breathtaking eye appeal, could easily justify a higher grade. This is the color plate coin for the year in the back of Breen's encyclopedia, and the obverse was also used to illustrate the variety on page 430 (the reverse shown on that page appears to be of a different coin). Listed in Breen's census as an early strike, his Series I, on page 430 in the encyclopedia. Our grade is Proof-64+. Weight 84.1 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 6; 1 in 65RB, 1 in 66RB (the following lot). (PCGS # 1306) Estimate Value $10,000 - UP Ex Howard Rounds Newcomb (valued by Newcomb at $60.00) 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 $15.00 on 8/9/1937) sold in April 1943 for $30.01-the Newman/Johnson partnership-Eric P. Newman-EPNNES November/December 1980-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 49.3.2).
Price Realized: $17825
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 193.
|Image Collection||Missouri Cabinet Collection of U.S. Half Cents|