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Lot 1033

1859 Indian Head Cent. NGC graded Proof 66. Lightly toned on the reverse. 800 proofs minted. A rare high quality Proof for the date, this example displays almost enthralling mirror surfaces whose satin topped devices give it a nice two tone effect. Faithful to every detail from a full blow by the dies, as expected on a well-struck Proof. Pop 18; 3 finer; 1 in 66 star; 1 in 67; 1 in 67 Star.

The Indian Head one-cent coin was produced by the United States Mint from 1859 through 1909. It was designed by James Barton Longacre, the Engraver at the Philadelphia Mint.

The obverse of the coin shows UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, a Liberty head facing to the left, wearing a feather bonnet. The word LIBERTY is shown on the band across the bonnet, and shows the production date below.

The coin's reverse side shows ONE CENT within a laurel wreath. (In 1860 the reverse design was changed slightly, showing ONE CENT within an oak wreath, with three arrows inserted under the ribbon that binds the two branches of the wreath.)

The coins that were struck between 1859 and 1864 were composed of 88 percent copper and 12 percent nickel, as required by law on thick, 72-grain planchets.
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,500.
The Greenhill Collection.

Realized $5,060

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