Item#1119 – 1854 N-17 R1 PCGS graded MS63 Red & Brown, CAC Approved
Finest Early State N-17
Lustrous faded mint red mellowing to steel brown with about 75% of the planchet showing mint color. A sharp, very attractive cent struck from the earliest state of the dies. The fields on both sides are covered with fine vertical die polishing lines and the only star that does not show full radial lines is #5. The only defects are a half dozen small specks of carbon including one at the upper point of star 2 and another over star 8. Otherwise this cent would be a candidate for gem status. Perhaps the graders at PCGS aimed a bit low on this one. VEDS, die state a early. Our grade is MS63+, tied for CC#5 of the variety but finest of the early state by a good margin in the Grellman census. The attribution and Twin Leaf Collection provenance are noted on the PCGS label. PCGS population 3, 1 finer in 64RB.
Ex Francis X. McGrath 12/2003-J. R. Grellman Collection 3/2004-Jack Wadlington (The Twin Leaf Collection), Stack’s Bowers 7/16/2015:2675 (includes the McGrath collection envelope, the Wadlington collection notes, and the last lot ticket)
Certificate # 406107.63/31543421