Item#1135 – 1854 N-22 R3+ PCGS graded MS64 Red & Brown
Mostly Red N-22
Lustrous mint red fading to steel brown on the highpoints, about two-thirds of the original mint color remaining on both sides. This cent has great eye appeal with only a few trivial marks. These include a very fine vertical hairline scratch right of star 6 and a couple tiny spots of darker toning under star 8. Shallow low spots cover much of the cheek and neck with an additional very shallow lot spot under EN in CENT, as nearly always seen on this variety. MDS, die state a late. The fine horizontal line in the field right of the top of the 4 is dull but visible and the fields are covered with microscopic die flowlines. Our grade is MS64, tied for CC#2 in the Grellman census behind a slightly finer example (the following lot). A wonderful cent that comes with a great provenance. The attribution and Naftzger Collection provenance are noted on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1, 1 finer in 65RB.
Ex Henry C. Hines-Willard C. Blaisdell 9/1976 (via Del Bland)-R. E. Naftzger, Jr.-Naftzger Estate, McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Goldbergs 9/7/2009:1218-Rod Widok, Goldberg Auctions 2/16/2020:601 (includes the last lot ticket)
Certificate # 403956.64/18900589