1857 C-1 (Breen 1-A) R8 (as a Specimen Strike), PCGS Graded SP65 Red & Brown. Mint red fading to bluish steel, 85% of the original color remaining. The fields are reflective with moderately deep mirrors on the obverse and shallow mirrors on the reverse. There is a tiny nick-like planchet chip in the field off the nose tip, a larger one in the field under the left side of star 8, and a speck of dark toning on the outer edge of the rim between stars 3 and 4 plus another in the dentils under the right side of the 7. The reverse shows strong strike doubling on the legend outside the wreath and on most of the dentils. Walter Breen considered this piece to be a Proof strike, and he listed it as such in his encyclopedia. Stack's sold it as a Proof strike in 1970. However PCGS decided to call it a Specimen strike rather than a proof. But either way the coin is quite remarkable and close to deserving a "Red" designation. Our grade is Proof/Specimen-64+. This is the Breen plate coin for the variety (his encyclopedia, page 460) and is the third example listed in his census of proof strikes. Weight 84.6 grains. The attribution, SPECIMEN status, and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the only Specimen graded. (PCGS # 518084) Estimate Value $7,000 - UP Ex Stack's 9/10/1970 (privately)-R. Tettenhorst-EPNNES-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 57.1.2).
Price Realized: $7762.5
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 225.
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