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The January 2008 Orlando Rarities Sale Session One

Tuesday, January 08, 2008  |  6:00 PM Eastern
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1793 Half Cent. B-2, C-2. Rarity-3. Vf-25 (pcgs).

1793 Half Cent. B-2, C-2. Rarity-3. Vf-25 (pcgs).

Lot # 1 (Sale Order: 1 of 666)      

The United States' first Half Cent, the 1793 is also important as a one-year type. It is the only issue in the Liberty Cap series of 1793-1797 with the obverse portrait facing to the left. The problem as far as most collectors in today's market are concerned is that there are simply not enough examples of the 1793 from which to choose. Indeed, survivors of this 35,334-piece delivery are very scarce-to-rare in all grades, particularly when free of significant impairments.
This is a pleasing coin in the context of the assigned grade, the surfaces bathed in warm, even, orange-brown patina. The rims are softly defined, and moderate wear is noted, but the focal features are well outlined with bolder definition in the more recessed areas. There are no individually mentionable abrasions, which is just one more reason why this coin would make a pleasing addition to a circulated type set. The reverse impression is rotated approximately 10% clockwise from exact coin turn.
PCGS# 1000.
David Hall, PCGS Founder and Director:
"One of the classic early American issues… A lovely VF -25, attractive light chocolate surfaces… beautiful color for the grade… I believe this coin is conservatively graded…"
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1816 Large Cent. N-2. Rarity-1. Ms-64 Bn (pcgs).

1816 Large Cent. N-2. Rarity-1. Ms-64 Bn (pcgs).

Lot # 2 (Sale Order: 2 of 666)      

Likely from the Randall Hoard, examples of the 1816 N-2 can be found at most Mint State levels of preservation, save for the Gem designation. That said, this near-Gem will make a lovely addition to any type set. Satiny, abundant mint luster careens over both sides, and though possessed of a mahogany-brown tint throughout, there are flickers of orange-red hue along the edges. Boldly impressed with a bit of incompleteness to the left-facing obverse stars, a couple of variegated dollops of color appear in the fields. The reverse is rotated 50 degrees clockwise, as noted on the PCGS holder, though this is not an uncommon feature for this variety.
PCGS# E1591.
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"This coin is graded 64-Brown by PCGS. If you do look at the coin, it has some tinges of original red… it's borderline red/brown…"
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1846 Large Cent. N-18. Rarity-1. Small Date. Ms-62 Bn (ngc).

1846 Large Cent. N-18. Rarity-1. Small Date. Ms-62 Bn (ngc).

Lot # 3 (Sale Order: 3 of 666)      

This coin is incorrectly attributed as an example of the Newcomb-11 die and Medium Date Guide Book varieties on the NGC insert. Both sides exhibit even copper-brown patina with the lightest pinkish-copper tinting evident at direct angles. The strike is generally bold by the standards of the type, although we note that most of the obverse stars are blunt and lack centrils. With no bothersome abrasions or carbon spots, a somewhat subdued sheen probably explains why this coin did not secure a Choice Mint State grade.
PCGS# 1865....more

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1856 Flying Eagle Cent. Snow-9. Proof-63 (pcgs).

1856 Flying Eagle Cent. Snow-9. Proof-63 (pcgs).

Lot # 4 (Sale Order: 4 of 666)      

According to Flying Eagle and Indian Cent specialist Rick Snow (2001), most 1856 Flying Eagle Cents encountered in today's market are examples of the Snow-9 die marriage. The author further opines that this variety is a restrike from 1858-1860 that was produced to satisfy numismatic demand for this historic first-year issue in the small-size Cent series. Almost certainly presented to a collector or someone else interested in caring for the piece at the time of delivery, the coin in this lot has survived the passage of time without acquiring any contact marks of note. Medium-tan surfaces are a bit subdued, however, as explains the Proof-63 designation. Sharply impressed from the dies, and housed in an older PCGS holder with a green insert. Two swirls of slightly deeper color at the lower-obverse and upper-reverse borders are mentioned for accuracy.
PCGS# 2037.
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"One of the all-time classics… Rare in all grades… Beautiful Proof-63 specimen… Very attractive…"
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1857 Flying Eagle Cent. Snow-4. Ms-64 (pcgs).

1857 Flying Eagle Cent. Snow-4. Ms-64 (pcgs).

Lot # 5 (Sale Order: 5 of 666)      

This is the plate coin for the Snow-4 variety on page 48 of Rick Snow's 2001 book The Flying Eagle & Indian Cent Attribution Guide, 2nd Edition, Volume 1: 1856-1858. A scarce near-Gem, both sides exhibit lovely medium-tan color with highlights of rose tinting evident at all angles. Smartly impressed from the dies, with surfaces that are nearly smooth enough to warrant a full Gem grade.
PCGS# 2016.Snow-4 is a Doubled Die Obverse variety with doubling most readily evident on the eagle's eye, neck and the letters UNITE and ERICA in the legend. The hub variety is the broken wingtip.
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"It's graded MS-64 by PCGS. It is a really nice example for the grade. This coin has virtually perfect surfaces and it's absolutely 100% fully-struck… An outstanding coin for the grade…"
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1857 Flying Eagle Cent. Ms-64 (ngc).

1857 Flying Eagle Cent. Ms-64 (ngc).

Lot # 6 (Sale Order: 6 of 666)      

If it weren't for just a couple of stray abrasions, this near-Gem would surely have been awarded the MS-65 numeric rating. The luster is soft and frosty, the strike is crisp and the general outward appearance of the piece is notable.
PCGS# 2016....more

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1857 Flying Eagle Cent. Ms-64 (ngc).

1857 Flying Eagle Cent. Ms-64 (ngc).

Lot # 7 (Sale Order: 7 of 666)      

A crisp strike and original tan-brown patina are sure to endear this coin to high-grade type collectors. The obverse reveals delicate orange-tinged undertones as the coin dips into a light. The NGC holder is an older variant with a thick border and large hologram.
PCGS# 2016....more

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1858 Flying Eagle Cent. Small Letters. Ms-64 (ngc).

1858 Flying Eagle Cent. Small Letters. Ms-64 (ngc).

Lot # 8 (Sale Order: 8 of 666)      

This fully struck example would make a lovely addition to a high-quality type set. Both sides possess warm medium-tan patina with blushes of pale-apricot undertoning evident at direct angles. With no distracting blemishes, this coin has the eye appeal of an even higher grade.
PCGS# 2020....more

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1861 Indian Cent. Ms-65 (pcgs).

1861 Indian Cent. Ms-65 (pcgs).

Lot # 9 (Sale Order: 9 of 666)      

A better-date, Type II Indian Cent, born from a relatively modest 10 million-piece mintage, the lowest of all Copper-Nickel deliveries. The present Gem is steeped in a marvelous khaki-tan complexion, with wisps of darker patination here and there. The strike is suitably crisp and all abrasions are faint and well within the confines of the Gem rating.
PCGS# 2061....more

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1862 Indian Cent. Proof-65 Cameo (pcgs).

1862 Indian Cent. Proof-65 Cameo (pcgs).

Lot # 10 (Sale Order: 10 of 666)      

There is a blush of pretty pinkish-rose tinting over the obverse portrait, but the surfaces are otherwise tannish-apricot in color. A full strike and appreciable field-to-device contrast are sure to endear this coin to the high-quality proof type collector.
PCGS# 82259.PCGS Population: 16; 20 finer....more

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1864 Indian Cent. Bronze. Proof-66 Bn (ngc).

1864 Indian Cent. Bronze. Proof-66 Bn (ngc).

Lot # 11 (Sale Order: 11 of 666)      

This lovely Gem has an original, antique appearance to both sides. The overall "look" is one of even copper-brown patina, but direct angles call forth pretty pale-rose and lilac highlights that are most evident over the major devices. Watery fields are also discernible when the coin dips into a light. There are no grade-limiting blemishes.
PCGS# 2276.NGC Census: 10; 2 finer with a BN color designation....more

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1864 Indian Cent. Bronze. Proof-65 Rb (pcgs).

1864 Indian Cent. Bronze. Proof-65 Rb (pcgs).

Lot # 12 (Sale Order: 12 of 666)      

From the first year of bronze Cent production comes this scarce, conditionally challenging Gem. Both sides retain a considerable portion of original medium-orange color, over which an overlay of light olive-tan patina has gathered. Direct angles call forth shimmering reflectivity in the fields, but not even close inspection reveals a distracting blemish. Sharply struck.
PCGS# 2277.
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"I see a lot of red. The surfaces are very deeply mirrored. A tinge of cameo to the devices. Very high end for the grade in my opinion…"
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1865 Indian Cent. Proof-65 Rd Cameo (ngc).

1865 Indian Cent. Proof-65 Rd Cameo (ngc).

Lot # 13 (Sale Order: 13 of 666)      

The 1865 is a popular issue among Indian Cent date collectors due to the low-mintage, conditionally challenging status of the year's business strike delivery. The proof 1865 is also a scarce early bronze issue in its own right, particularly when offered with fully intact mint color. This is just such a coin, both sides drenched in warm medium-orange color that speaks volumes about the originality. The devices are fully struck, and they are set apart from modest reflectivity in the fields by a satiny texture. There are no sizeable or individually conspicuous blemishes, as befits the Gem grade.
PCGS# 82284.NGC Census: only 2 coins in Red Cameo, of which this is the finer example....more

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1872 Indian Cent. Proof-65 Rd Cameo (ngc).

1872 Indian Cent. Proof-65 Rd Cameo (ngc).

Lot # 14 (Sale Order: 14 of 666)      

An important offering for the Indian Cent specialist, this coin has several highly desirable attributes. First, it is the only proof 1872 certified as Red Cameo at NGC. Second, it is a high-grade survivor of an issue that is a notorious condition rarity as a business strike. Finally, it is a beautiful coin with original rose-orange color, a full stike and virtually blemish-free surfaces. Worthy of inclusion in the finest specialized collection of Indian Cents.
PCGS# 82305.NGC Census: just 1 in all grades with the combination of RD color and a Cameo finish....more

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1881 Indian Cent. Proof-66 Rd Cameo (ngc).

1881 Indian Cent. Proof-66 Rd Cameo (ngc).

Lot # 15 (Sale Order: 15 of 666)      

Easily among the most beautiful proof 1881 Indian Cents extant, this premium-quality Gem possesses full mint color in a warm orange-red shade. The fields shimmer with modest reflectivity that supports crisply delineated, satin-textured devices. There is not even a single trivial blemish to report, as one should expect for the high numeric grade.
PCGS# 82332.
Combined PCGS and NGC Population: only 5; and none are finer with full Red color and a Cameo finish....more

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1884 Indian Cent. Proof-67 Rb (pcgs).

1884 Indian Cent. Proof-67 Rb (pcgs).

Lot # 17 (Sale Order: 16 of 666)      

Considerable portions of original mint color remain on both sides. The obverse seems to have begun life with an overlay of pretty golden-rose color. The reverse, however, is much deeper in shade with dominant rose-red overtones. Both sides are lightly toned in glossy-brown patina. A fully struck Superb Gem housed in an older PCGS holder with a light-green insert.
PCGS# 2340.PCGS Population: 15; only 1 finer with an RB color designation.
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"Frankly, it has quite a bit of red on it. It has fantastic surfaces, deeply mirrored. No imperfections. This is an exceptionally high quality example of this issue."
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1884 Indian Cent. Ms-66 Rd (pcgs).

1884 Indian Cent. Ms-66 Rd (pcgs).

Lot # 18 (Sale Order: 17 of 666)      

It is not often that we have the opportunity to offer an 1884 Indian Cent that is as carefully and originally preserved as this premium-quality Gem. Both sides are aglow in orange-red color, there also being a crescent of vivid hot-pink iridescence along the lower-reverse border. Free of even a single mentionable blemish, with a razor-sharp strike that further enhances already memorable eye appeal.
PCGS# 2150.PCGS Population: 13; 3 finer, all of which grade Proof-67 RD....more

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1885 Indian Cent. Proof-66 Rb (pcgs).

1885 Indian Cent. Proof-66 Rb (pcgs).

Lot # 19 (Sale Order: 18 of 666)      

Coined during the same year as the publication of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this is a premier example of the 1885 proof Indian Cent. A challenge in the Gem grades and any finer, this piece sports a smooth, chestnut-brown patina with plenty of reddish-brown overtones. Well mirrored fields provide amiable contrast to the sharply impressed designs, and the surfaces possess none but the meekest of handling marks.
PCGS# 2343.
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"It's graded Proof-66 Red and Brown by PCGS. To me it has a lot of red color. Great deeply mirrored surfaces and the reverse has just absolutely fantastic color. This is a great type example…"
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1886 Indian Cent. Type Ii. Proof-64 Rd (pcgs).

1886 Indian Cent. Type Ii. Proof-64 Rd (pcgs).

Lot # 20 (Sale Order: 19 of 666)      

Medium-orange color confirms the originality of this high-quality proof Indian Cent. The strike is expectably sharp for the method of manufacture, and there are uncommonly few surface blemishes even for the Proof-64 numeric grade.
PCGS# 92347.PCGS Population: only 10; with a mere three finer....more

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1887 Indian Cent. Proof-66 Rd (ngc).

1887 Indian Cent. Proof-66 Rd (ngc).

Lot # 21 (Sale Order: 20 of 666)      

The 1887 is a surprisingly elusive issue with full Red color despite an original proof mintage of 2,960 pieces. The example that we are offering here is among the finest known, and it retains fully original mint color. Both sides have a lovely rose-red appearance that accents smartly impressed devices. With not even a single distracting blemish to report, this coin is sure to please even the most discerning numismatist.
PCGS# 2350.
Combined PCGS and NGC Population: just 4; 0 finer....more

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1893 Indian Cent. Proof-66 Bn (pcgs).

1893 Indian Cent. Proof-66 Bn (pcgs).

Lot # 22 (Sale Order: 21 of 666)      

Richly original surfaces possess a blanket of copper-brown patina on both sides. The outward appearance, however, is dominated by electric-blue iridescence on the obverse and equally attractive pinkish-purple toning on the reverse. These colors are most vivid at direct angles. A smartly impressed Gem for the toning enthusiast.
PCGS# 2366.PCGS Population: only 1; with a single Proof-67 BN finer with this color designation.
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"What sets this coin apart is that it really has spectacular color. It's a deep blue kind of color. Not really brown, though not really red… This coin is spectacular in every way."
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1894 Indian Cent. Ms-65 Rd (ngc).

1894 Indian Cent. Ms-65 Rd (ngc).

Lot # 23 (Sale Order: 22 of 666)      

Boldly struck features are awash in fully original, reddish-orange luster. The color is a bit more vivid on the reverse, but the obverse is equally as attractive. Wispy blemishes are expectantly minimal for the Gem grade.
PCGS# 2189....more

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1897 Indian Cent. Proof-66 Rd (pcgs).

1897 Indian Cent. Proof-66 Rd (pcgs).

Lot # 24 (Sale Order: 23 of 666)      

This conditionally rare Gem is wholly original with dominant medium-red color to both sides. There are also deeply set, olive-copper undertones to both sides that further enhance the eye appeal. Virtually pristine, and housed in an older PCGS holder with a green insert.
PCGS# 2380.PCGS Population: only 6; with a further six finer in Proof-67 Red....more

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1899 Indian Cent. Ms-66 Rd (pcgs).

1899 Indian Cent. Ms-66 Rd (pcgs).

Lot # 25 (Sale Order: 24 of 666)      

Fire-red obverse color with slightly softer, rose-red color to the reverse. Both sides are equally original and fully deserving of the RD color designation from PCGS. Sharply struck, and conditionally scarce.
PCGS# 2204.
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"What's really interesting about this coin is that it's totally original in every way… like it was just popped out of a fresh original roll. Just absolutely gorgeous original color. I love this coin."
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1901 Indian Cent. Proof-67 Rb (pcgs).

1901 Indian Cent. Proof-67 Rb (pcgs).

Lot # 26 (Sale Order: 25 of 666)      

Delicate olive-brown iridescence overlays dominant, original, pinkish-red color on the obverse. The reverse is blanketed in thicker rose-brown color, although scintillating golden-orange undertones are discernible at direct light angles. A snappy-looking Superb Gem. The PCGS holder is an older variant with a light-green insert.
PCGS# 2391.PCGS Population: only 5; and none are finer with Red and Brown color....more

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