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Lot 1248

1859. NGC graded Proof 66. Well struck with lovely golden toning. Mint engraver James Longacre, at the time he was working on the flying eagle patterns, simultaneously produced the Indian head obverse. He executed three new reverse designs that were tested, one alternative included a plain oak wreath; the second choice depicted an oak wreath with a wide ornamented shield above; the final selection offered two versions of a plain laurel wreath. One of the latter two variations, the centered laurel wreath, was paired with the Indian head design to strike the first coins for circulation in 1859. Later, the switch was made to one of the oak wreaths, but with a plain shield at top, as seen on this handsome copper-nickel gem. A one-year-only Type. Only 800 Proofs minted. Pop 18; 3 finer, 1 in 66 Star, 1 in 67, and 1 in 67+ Star (PCGS # 2247) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,250.
The Dandelion Collection.

Realized $4,600

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