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Coins Certified as of 2/10

My Coin #-31692

1857 1C Small Date, RD PR63RD

CERTIFICATION#: -31692
PCGS#: 2002

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Wayte Raymond Sale (1945) Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $6050

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Proof 1857 Large Cents are known only of the Small Date versions.  In particular, only Newcomb 3 and Newcomb 5 have been found in Proof; not surprsingly, they are both Proof-only varieties (no "business" strikes are known of either).  Breen suggested that over 80 Proof examples of Newcomb 3 survived and that "at least a dozen" of Newcomb 5 survived.  Both estimates are perhaps a little low, although the Newcomb 5 is indeed a rare coin. 

Finest among the Proof 1857 Large Cents is a PCGS PR66RB, followed by a small group of PCGS PR66BNs.  Red-Brown 1857 Large Cent Proofs are only slightly rarer than the Brown versions, but Red examples are exceedingly rare. 

The most valuable Proof 1857 Large Cent is the PCGS PR65RD example from an early iteration of the Eugene Gardner Collection (1965), which sold in 2008 for $74,750

Diameter: 27.50 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Plain
Mintage: 238 Weight: 10.89 grams Metal Content: Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2 R-9.9 6 / 19 TIE 10 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 6 / 19 TIE 10 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 4 / 19 4 / 41

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65RD PCGS grade
1 PR65RD PCGS grade  
3 PR65RD estimated grade