Item#1111 – 1854 N-13 R3+ PCGS graded MS64 Red & Brown
N-13 Ex Newcomb-Starr
Lustrous light to medium steel brown with a third of the mint red remaining visible, mostly on the reverse. A very nice cent with trivial marks and great eye appeal. The only notable marks are a microscopic tick on the tip of the coronet, two tiny planchet chips over the junction of the N & E in ONE (as struck), and traces of an old fingerprint at OF. M-LDS, die state b late. The vertical die line up from a dentil below the right side of the 5 is short but still visible, and the earlier die lines at S-OF are gone. A shallow low spot covers part of the neck and the lower edge of the jaw (caused by debris/lubricant on the die). Our grade is MS63, tied with one other example for CC#3 honors in the Grellman census. The attribution and Twin Leaf Collection provenance are noted on the PCGS label (this was the finest example among several of the variety in the Twin Leaf Collection). PCGS population 1, 1 finer in 65RB (the preceding piece).
Ex Howard R. Newcomb, J. C. Morgenthau & Co., 5/16/1945:751-Floyd T. Starr, Stack’s 6/13/1984:781-Denis Loring-Herman Halpern, Stack’s 3/16/1988:728-J. R. Frankenfield, McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Superior 2/17/2001:1830-Jack Wadlington (The Twin Leaf Collection), Stack’s Bowers 7/16/2015:2672 (includes the last two lot tickets)
Certificate # 406098.64/31543418