Finest Early State N-2
Frosty mint red fading to steel brown and light olive on the devices with more than a third of the obverse and nearly three-quarters of the reverse showing original mint red. The only marks are two tiny spots of carbon or crud on the jaw, a small spot on the forehead above the right corner of the eye, and a bit of darker toning inside the bottom of the E in ONE. None of these marks is distracting and the eye appeal is excellent. EDS, die state a. The die line through the bottom of the N in ONE and lump below (clashmark from the ear hole) are clear. The coronet over LIB is softly struck, as always in the earlier die state, but everything else is nicely detailed. Our grade is MS63, tied for CC#4 for the variety but finest of the early die state in the Grellman census. PCGS population 1, 2 finer in 65RB.
Ex Chris McCawley, McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Goldbergs 5/2007:217-Chris McCawley 5/2015
Certificate # 1905.64/8841160