Item#1101 – 1854 N-10 R2+ NGC graded MS66 Red & Brown
Superb Early State N-10
Very attractive mint red fading to bluish steel brown with two-thirds of the mint color remaining, mostly on the reverse. This cent is a sharply struck satiny gem except for a dull, very shallow scuff hidden in the hair between stars 7 & 8 and a faint spot of darker toning (not carbon) in the field left of star 11. Rare EDS, die state b early, with a faint die crack from the dentils through the C in AMERICA and the wreath to the feet of NT in CENT. The obverse is uncracked. The fields offer a hint of reflectivity and the devices are frosty creating a very subtle cameo effect that adds to the superb eye appeal. It should be noted that an earlier state with an uncracked reverse (die state a) is unknown and may not exist, so this may be the earliest die state available for the variety. Our grade is MS64+, CC#5 in the Grellman census for the variety but finest of the early die state. And it comes with a nice provenance. NGC population 1, none finer in RB.
Ex Dr. Robert J. Shalowitz 11/19/1989-Wesley A. Rasmussen, McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Superior 2/8/1998:449-R. S. Brown, Jr., McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Superior 6/2/2002:1301-unknown-McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Goldbergs 1/31/2011:1004
Certificate # 1648042-005