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Small Cents (Please see lot 5138-5144 for more proof small cents)
 
 
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Lot 664
1856. PCGS graded Proof 62 PQ. Well struck with lovely colors and simply outstanding sharp detail in the eagle. Mint designer-engraver James Barton Longacre reworked Gobrecht's soaring eagle of 1836-9 and placed it on the obverse of America's first Small Cents. These were first given the name "white cents" by the public and must have been strikingly brilliant and silvery when new compared to the old red Large Cents then being withdrawn. For the reverse Longacre adapted his first wreath of cereals design first used on Gold Dollars and Three-dollar. The 1856 issue is, of course, THE coin to buy if you can afford it. And in Proof condition, as represented here, it is an amazing beauty! (PCGS # 2037) .
Estimated Value $11,000 - 12,000.
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$16,200
Lot 665
1856. NGC Proof, obverse damage. Still a decent looking coin that should easily realize our conservative estimate. Popular Key Date. The governments imminent approval of a statute to alter the amalgam of the Cent in 1856 left Mint Director Snowden pleading for a design to begin trial strikings without delay. The task of achieving a satisfactory product in this environment fell to James Barton Longacre. For the obverse, the designer selected a variant of the flying eagle that graced the reverse of the 1836-9 Gobrecht Pattern Dollars. Although nearly two decades old, this eagle hadnt faded into obscurity; it had appeared on several Patterns of 1854-5. The reverse got a copy of the wreath of corn, cotton, maple, and tobacco that already appeared on Longacres Dollar and $3 Gold pieces. Despite the short production run of this design, the rarity and allure of 1856 Proof strikings insured that it would remain forever a part of the collecting lore and popularity.
Estimated Value $7,000 - 7,500.
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$8,913
Lot 666
1857. NGC Unc Details, rev improperly cleaned.
Estimated Value $100 - 120.
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$276
Lot 667
1858. Small Letters. PCGS graded MS-64+. CAC Approved. Lovely light toning on this attractive Flying Eagle Cent. Pop 2; 66 finer (PCGS # 2020) .
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,100.
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$2,013
Lot 668
1858. Large letters. NGC graded MS-64 CAC Approved. Nice even tan color, a very presentable choice Mint specimen. In an old style holder. Pop 292; 130 in 65, 19 in 66, 1 in 67.
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,100.
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$1,495
Lot 669
1859. PCGS graded Proof 65. Delicately toned. Popular on-year type coin. Only 800 proofs struck. An outstanding deep mirror example with exquisite surfaces and wonderful eye appeal. Essentially as made per the qualifications for the grade. Popular and important as a one year type design featuring Longacre's Indian head design and a simple reverse design featuring a Laurel wreath reverse around the denomination, "ONE CENT". However, the obverse portrait is actually "Lady Liberty", a Caucasian representation of Liberty borrowed from the Three Dollar design of 1854. She is wearing a headdress of a Native American of the Chippewa tribe. The reverse is actually an olive wreath, although the laurel wreath description is somewhat accurate as their leaves are visually similar. Pop 50; 1 in 65+, 19 in 66, 1 in 67 (PCGS # 2247) .
Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,000.
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$3,335
Lot 670
1859. PCGS graded Proof 64 CAC Approved. Well struck and delicately toned. A beauty and free from any noticeably flyspecks. Only 800 Proofs struck of this desirable one-year Type. Pop 130, 71 finer (PCGS # 2247) .

Historic note: The coins that were struck between 1859 and 1864 were composed of 88 percent copper and 12 percent nickel, as required by law. In 1864, the weight of the coins was reduced from 72 grains to the present weight of 48 grains, and the alloy changed to 95 percent copper and 5 percent tin and zinc. Research in 1863 indicated that bronze was an excellent alloy for minor coins, and so the copper-nickel alloy was discontinued. Total production of the Indian Head cent was 1,849,648,000 pieces.
Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,800.
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$2,415
Lot 671
1859. PCGS graded MS-63. Nice even tan toning. We note a flyspeck on the reverse (PCGS # 2052) .
Estimated Value $400 - 450.
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$518
Lot 672
1860. PCGS graded Proof 65 CAC Approved. A dazzling brilliant gem proof, basically untoned and looks like it just came from the mint! Only 1,000 Proofs struck. This is a very tough date to find in full gem condition. The majority of the mintage was struck only once, imparting an impression that usually did not strike out all of the planchet marks. The quality of the 1860 issue is always somewhat problematic compared to the quality seen up to 1859 and after 1861. 1860 Proofs are nearly always seen with mirrors that are only moderate and edges that are rounded, which is why these are sometimes confused as being Prooflike strikings. Pop 39; 7 in 66. (PCGS # 2253) .
Estimated Value $2,100 - 2,200.
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$3,910
Lot 673
1861. PCGS graded Proof 65 PQ CAC Approved. A glittereing brilliant proof with a hint of light tone. Only 1,000 proofs struck. Devices are frosted and we note moderately deep mirror fields. This is an outstanding example of this exceptionally challenging date. As with the 1860 issue, many coins struck this year were struck only once on moderately mirrored dies. This quality standards at the Mint for Proofs had as yet to be finalized, making 1861 a real tough issue to locate in gem condition. Out of the original mintage, possibly 400 were released. The survivor rate seems to be quite low, perhaps because substandard examples were spent, or included collections as non-Proofs.

There is enormous collector demand for this issue in gem condition. Expect fierce competition. Pop 19; 2 in 66 (PCGS # 2256) .
Estimated Value $4,500 - 5,000.
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$7,475
Lot 674
1862. NGC graded MS-65 CAC Approved. Nice even tan toning from the 88% copper, 12% nickel alloy these are made of. Pop 167; 32 in 66, 6 in 67.
Estimated Value $750 - 800.
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$863
Lot 675
1863. PCGS graded Proof 65. Delicately toned with hints of light iridescense. Only 460 Proofs struck. Nearly the entire issue of Proof pieces was struck from a single set of dies. Later in the year a new set of regular Proof dies were made to strike the bronze pattern issue, J-299 to test the feasibility of changing the composition of the cent from copper-nickel to bronze. About 100 bronze 1863 cents were struck with some examples sent to Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase on December 8th, 1863. Pop 23; 6 in 66, 1 in 67 (PCGS # 2262) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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$1,898
Lot 676
1863. PCGS graded Proof 64. Well struck and basically untoned. Although struck on a planchet made of copper and nickel -- which is a very tough, hard alloy -- the Mint did a splendid job when striking this choice Proof. All devices show their smallest details. Pop 72; 23 in 65, 6 in 66, 1 in 67 (PCGS # 2262) .
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,100.
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Lot 677
1863. PCGS graded MS-63. Light mottled toning (PCGS # 2067) .
Estimated Value $120 - 130.
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$207
Lot 678
1864. Copper-nickel. PCGS graded Proof 65 Cameo PQ CAC Approved. A magnificent light golden gem. A Premium Quality example. Only 370 proofs struck. The reported mintage is the lowest of all the copper-nickel Indian Cents. Survivors are typically below average compared to the quality of the 1862 issue. Pop 24; 5 in 66 CAM (PCGS # 82265) .
Estimated Value $2,400 - 2,500.
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$2,645
Lot 679
1864. Copper-nickel. PCGS graded MS-62. Lightly toned with a deeper area of color in one feather (PCGS # 2070) .
Estimated Value $170 - 190.
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$253
Lot 680
1864. Bronze. PCGS graded Proof 65 Red. A flashy light golden mint red proof. Only 150 or so proofs struck. To aid the Mint in coining large numbers of the new bronze coins beginning in 1864, a private company received a contract to prepare blanks for the bronze coinage. With this help, the Mint was able to strike nearly 60 million coins in the last seven months of 1864. The small coin shortage was over.

The actual mintage of this issue is unrecorded but considering the few pieces extant today in all grades and colors and the number that must have been lost over the years from attrition, it had to have been low. The fields on this piece are nicely mirrored on each side and each side shows a pleasing mix of coppery red colors. A lovely example of this solidly graded Gem Proof 65 Red. Pop 7; 1 in 66 RD, 1 in 67 RD (PCGS # 2278) .
Estimated Value $6,000 - 7,000.
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$8,913
Lot 681
1864. Bronze. PCGS graded MS-65 Red & Brown CAC Approved. Loads of Mint Red. Pop 187; 24 in 66 RB (PCGS # 2077) .
Estimated Value $300 - 350.
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$483
Lot 682
1865. PCGS graded Proof 65 Red. In an OGH. Only 500+ struck. Pop 8; 1 finer in 66. Lovely red colors with some uneven toning. Though a common date in Mint State, 1865 is very scarce in Proof. This becomes very rare when Gem 65 quality is added to the brew, along with full red color. Better not blink or the sale of this wonderful Gem will be history! (PCGS # 2284) .
Estimated Value $5,000 - 6,000.
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$5,520
Lot 683
1865. Fancy 5. NGC graded MS-65 Red. Well struck, it features desirable copper-red luster almost fresh of the dies in appearance. In an older holder. Pop 33; 5 in 66 RD.
Estimated Value $700 - 800.
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$805
Lot 684
1866. PCGS graded Proof 65 Red. A brilliant mint red gem that is resplendent in every way; devices show needle-point detail on even the tiniest design elements such as the feather ends and diamond pattern on the ribbon. Only 725 or so Proofs struck. Pop 14; 3 in 66 RD (PCGS # 2287) .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,300.
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$2,645
Lot 685
1866. NGC AU Details, improperly cleaned.
Estimated Value $100 - 115.
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$161
Lot 686
1867. PCGS graded Proof 65 Red. A nice red example whose beauty is expressed in its razor-sharp detail and glowing color. Only 625+ struck. Pop 11; none finer (PCGS # 2290) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$4,140
Lot 687
1868. PCGS graded Proof 65 Red. A beautiful reddish-gold in color. Only 600 or so proofs struck. Struck before Proof collecting took off twenty years later, the mintage limits the supply of Gems, even those not having full brilliant red color. This will surely land in a high-end set of Proof Indian Cents! Pop 7; 2 in 66 RD (PCGS # 2293) .
Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,000.
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$4,025
Lot 688
1868. PCGS graded MS-64 Brown. Streaky tan planchet (PCGS # 2091) .
Estimated Value $300 - 325.
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$575
Lot 689
1869. PCGS graded MS-64+ Red & Brown PQ. CAC Approved. More than 50% mint red. Well struck. Pop 2; 101 finer (PCGS # 2095) .
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,050.
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$1,869
Lot 690
1870. PCGS graded Proof 65 Red. In an OGH. Only 1,000+ struck. Pop 23; 4 finer in 66. Nice red colors. This coin, too, should attract a lot of attention since the 1870 issue is much scarcer in true Mint red than many assumed in years gone by (PCGS # 2299) .
Estimated Value $2,200 - 2,300.
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$1,955
Lot 691
1870. NGC AU Details, improperly cleaned.
Estimated Value $150 - 170.
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$345
Lot 692
1870. PCGS Genuine. Our grade is Sharpness of EF cleaned (PCGS # 2097) .
Estimated Value $120 - 130.
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$184
Lot 693
1871. PCGS graded Proof 65 Red. Brilliant golden-red in color. Only 960 or so proofs struck. One of the scarcer Proof issues in the 1870s. Pop 28; 3 in 66 RD (PCGS # 2302) .
Estimated Value $2,100 - 2,200.
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$1,955
Lot 694
1872. PCGS graded Proof 65 Red PQ. A stunning Gem Proof glittering with mint brilliance of pinkish-red colors. A Premium Quality coin for the grade. Only 950 or so proofs struck. Pop 12; 6 in 66 RD (PCGS # 2305) .
Estimated Value $4,500 - 5,000.
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Lot 695
1872. NGC graded MS-65 Brown CAC Approved. Nice bold strike, this being a scarcer year from the Reconstruction Period of American history, post Civil War. Pop 16; 4 in 66 BN.
Estimated Value $900 - 950.
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$1,783
Lot 696
1873. Closed 3. PCGS graded Proof 65 Red. Lovely shades of red. Proof issues in the 1870s are much more difficult to find in Gem with red color than are the issues struck the next decade. Only 1,100+ struck. Pop 27; 2 finer in 66 (PCGS # 2308) .
Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,800.
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$1,668
Lot 697
1873. Open 3. NGC graded MS-65 Red & Brown CAC Approved. Lovely toning. We note some recutting on LIBERTY. A worthy Gem for some top-level Indian Cent collection. In an older holder. Pop 61; 2 in 66 RB for all varieties.
Estimated Value $900 - 1,000.
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$1,265
Lot 698
1873. Open 3. PCGS graded MS-64 Red & Brown PQ. CAC Approved. Almost fully red. Pop 188; 55 finer (PCGS # 2107) .
Estimated Value $400 - 450.
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$805
Lot 699
1874. PCGS graded Proof 65 Red. In an OGH. Only 700 struck. Pop 9; 6 finer in 66. Lots of mint red just starting to tone. A strong bid is indicated (PCGS # 2311) .
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,600.
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Lot 700
1874. NGC graded MS-65 Red & Brown CAC Approved. A very choice example, gleaming with warm fresh colors. Pop 106; 22 in 66 RB.
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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$604
Lot 701
1875. NGC graded MS-64 Red. Nice bold strike with some very minor flyspecks; might be a gem otherwise. Pop 19; 7 in 65 RD, 4 in 66 RD.
Estimated Value $500 - 600.
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$635
Lot 702
1876. PCGS graded MS-65 Red & Brown CAC Approved. Lots of lightly faded Mint Red color presents itself for your appreciation on this lovely Centennial Year Indian Cent. In an OGH. Pop 62, 1 in 66 RB, 1 in 66+ RB (PCGS # 2125) .
Estimated Value $800 - 850.
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$834
Lot 703
1876. NGC AU Details, improperly cleaned.
Estimated Value $100 - 115.
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$184
Lot 704
1877. PCGS graded Proof 65 Red. A fabulous gem proof specimen featuring a hue of pinkish-red with hints of lighter gold. A truly magnificent example of this Key Date issue. An outstanding example of this key date. As one should expect for a coin in this grade, the surfaces are exceptional. No Mint caused defects occur on the planchet nor do spots occur, thus everything is there to express the Proof 65 grade free from limitation. This example is virtually unimprovable in its Proof 65 category.

Always popular as a Proof example of the key date in the Indian Cent series. No precise mintage figure exists for the Proof 1877 Indian, but enough information is available to make an educated guess. Breen lists 510 in his Proof Encyclopedia. The present estimate is now 910. It is known that 510 "Silver" sets were sold which included the five silver coins, the two nickel coins and the cent. Additionally, there were about 400 "Nickel" sets struck which included just the cent and the two nickel coins, of which we know 260 were mailed out, with the unknown remainder being sold over the counter in Philadelphia.

The reverse die used to strike this example is the "Bulged T" reverse, which was first used in 1872 and was used to strike many of the Proof issues between that date and 1877. The right pennant of the T is in much higher relief that the other parts of the letter. This feature neither raises nor lowers the desirability of the coin. Pop 19; 11 in 66 RD, 2 in 67 RD (PCGS # 2320) .
Estimated Value $9,000 - 10,000.
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$12,075
Lot 705
1877. NGC graded MS-65 Red & Brown. Traces of mint red on both sides. The Key Date in the Indian Head series. This is an outstanding gem example with sultry red and brown luster assisted by a better than average strike. At present there are limited numbers of Gem Mint State 1877s graded by NGC (see below) and to supply the growing legions of Indian cent collectors. The obverse is virtually mark free as is the reverse, while the reverse does show light striking definition in the lower wreath although the shield is complete. This example is a carefully graded one and clearly earns special mention where originality is concerned. Pop 75; 8 in 66 RB.
Estimated Value $8,500 - 9,000.
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$9,300
Lot 706
1877. PCGS graded MS-63 Red & Brown. A trifle weak on the first numeral 7 with some discoloration on both sides. About 50% Mint Red still intact. Popular Key Date and always in demand (PCGS # 2128) .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,300.
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$4,370
Lot 707
1877. PCGS graded Proof 63 Red & Brown PQ. CAC Approved. About 25% mint red. Well struck and choice. Popular key date. Only 900 struck in Proof. This date attracts a lot of attention (PCGS # 2319) .
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,600.
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$4,025
Lot 708
1878. PCGS graded Proof 65 Red. A brilliant reddish-tan gem proof. Only 2,350 struck. Pop 36; 8 in 66 RD, 1 in 67 RD (PCGS # 2323) .
Estimated Value $900 - 1,000.
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$891
Lot 709
1878. NGC graded MS-62 Brown. A nice strike and light reddish-brown.
Estimated Value $200 - 225.
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$265
Lot 710
1880. PCGS graded Proof 66 Red. CAC Approved. Lovely even red, a glorious Gem Proof for the connoisseur of brilliant Proof Indian cents. Only 3,955 struck. Pop 15; 8 finer in 67 (PCGS # 2329) .
Estimated Value $2,200 - 2,400.
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$3,335
Lot 711
1881. PCGS graded Proof 66 Red. CAC Approved. Only 3,575 struck. Nice even red. Scarce in this condition. Pop 23; 3 finer in 67 (PCGS # 2332) .
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,600.
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$3,335
Lot 712
1881. NGC graded MS-65 Red CAC Approved. A gorgeous fiery Mint Red gem! In an older holder. Pop 20; 8 in 66 RD.
Estimated Value $500 - 600.
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$765
Lot 713
1882. PCGS graded Proof 66 Red. A splendid gem proof glittering with brilliance and light golden-red in color. Only 3,100 proofs struck. Pop 13; 3 in 67 RD (PCGS # 2335) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$1,898



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