Item#1137 – 1854 N-23 R2 PCGS graded MS66 Brown, CAC Approved
The Naftzger N-23
Highly lustrous bluish steel and light olive brown with generous traces of faded mint color showing on both sides. Unbroken satiny mint frost covers this cent, and the outstanding eye appeal accounts for the lofty grade assigned by the folks at PCGS. The notable marks are a barely visible puff of slightly darker toning in the field right of star 3, a well-hidden speck of carbon on the curl over the right top of the 5, and another on the leaf under the right edge of the E in UNITED. A dull diagonal nick on the rim just right of the date is another good identifying mark, but it is easily missed. MDS, die state b early. The die line from star 11 to the dentils and the lines over UNITE are gone and the clashmarks up from the right top of the T in CENT are sharp. Our grade is MS63, tied for CC#4 in the Grellman census. The attribution and Naftzger provenance are noted on the PCGS label. PCGS population 2; none finer in BN.
Ex Sheraton Coin Co. 5/1947-Admiral Worthington S. Bitler-R. E. Naftzger, Jr.-Naftzger Estate, McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Goldbergs 9/7/2009:1220-Chris McCawley 4/15/2015-Fred Iskra, McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Goldbergs 9/2016:354 (includes the last lot ticket)
Certificate # 406121.66/18900590