Finest Early State N-25
Stray 4 in Curls. Lustrous faded red blending to dark steel brown on the highpoints, about two-thirds of the faded red remaining. There are traces of an old fingerprint at stars 10-12 and small planchet flakes under star 11 and at the lower left point of star 7, as struck. The fields are smooth and hard, covered with fine die polishing lines that give the fields a hint of reflectivity. The eye appeal is decent but the luster is a bit subdued, a suggestion that this cent may have been lightly dipped long ago (although the graders at PCGS saw the color as original). Rare EDS, die state a, before the strong die clashmarks that are nearly always present on this variety. The serif of the crossbar of a stray 4 hangs down from the curl just left of star 13 emerging as a sharp point down from that curl. Our grade is MS60, tied for CC#12 overall but finest of the early state in the Grellman census. The attribution and Twin Leaf Collection provenance are noted on the PCGS label. PCGS population 3, 1 finer in 66RB.
Ex Richard S. Herman 1983-R. E. Naftzger, Jr. (who graded this cent MS-67)-Naftzger Estate, McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Goldbergs 9/7/2009:1225-Jack Wadlington (The Twin Leaf Collection), Stack’s Bowers 7/16/2015:2683 (includes the Naftzger collection envelope, the Wadlington collection notes, and both lot tickets)
Certificate # 406128.64/18900596