Item#1128 – 1854 N-20 R3 PCGS graded MS64 Red & Brown
The Naftzger N-20
Stray 1 in Dentils. Lustrous mint red mellowing to light bluish steel brown on the devices, at least two-thirds of the faded mint color remaining on both sides. A wonderful cent, nearly flawless. There is a small, very light scuff on the cheek and a stain of dark steel toning on the rim over ER in AMERICA. Otherwise this cent is a gem. Sharply struck EDS, die state a. The die lines at the throat are clear and the stray 1 punched into the dentils under the 8 is bold. Not quite as early as the preceding lot since the obverse fields are satiny rather than reflective thanks to extremely fine radial die flowlines. A cent with great eye appeal. Our grade is MS63+, very close to MS64, and CC#4 in the Grellman census for the variety but second finest of the early die state. Comes with a very nice provenance. The attribution is noted on the PCGS label. PCGS population 3, 3 finer in 65RB.
Ex Kenneth Rendell-Leonard Holland 5/8/1959-Wilfred E. Helwig, Bowers & Ruddy 4/23/1979:280-R. E. Naftzger, Jr. (via Bill Noyes) 1/10/2003 ($750)-Daniel W. Holmes, Jr., McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Goldbergs 1/30/2011:610 (includes the Naftzger and Holmes collection envelopes and the Holmes lot ticket)
Certificate # 406116.64/31607449