Item#1086 – 1854 N-2 R1 PCGS graded MS65 Red & Brown
The Naftzger N-2
Lustrous mint red fading to light olive and bluish steel on the devices. Half the mint red remains on this very attractive cent, and there are no significant marks. A small spot of darker toning at the dentil tips right of star 11 and a spot of darker toning at the right top of the N in CENT can help identify this piece. LDS, die state c. The legend outside the wreath is sinking, strongest at the top of the reverse, and the earlier die lines at ITED are gone. Nicely struck, which is quite unusual for this variety. The coronet tip is strong and nearly all the stars have their radial lines intact. Our grade is MS63+, close to MS64, and tied for CC#2 honors in the Grellman census. The attribution and Naftzger Collection provenance are noted on the PCGS label. PCGS population 2, none finer in RB.
Earliest source uncertain, possibly Dr. French. This cent comes with a pillbox marked “1854 A-2” tucked inside an undated auction envelope from Abe Kosoff (lot #411) and WCB (Willard C. Blaisdell) is marked on the envelope-R. E. Naftzger, Jr.-Naftzger Estate, McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Goldbergs 9/7/2009:1186
Certificate # 406066.65/8900557