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||August 2019 ANA U.S. Coins Auction Rosemont, IL
||Outstanding Proof 1864 Bronze Indian Cent
Unique Cameo Specimen Certified by PCGS
1864 Indian Cent. Bronze. Snow-PR2. Proof-65 Deep Cameo (PCGS).
Simply put, this is a beautiful coin displaying full, vivid pinkish-rose color on both sides. The Proof strike is razor sharp throughout and the surfaces are as smooth as would be expected at the Gem level of preservation. As impressive as these attributes are, what truly sets this coin apart from the typical Proof 1864 Bronze Indian cent is the boldness of contrast between the fields and devices. The former are deeply mirrored in finish, while the latter possess a softly frosted texture. The cameo contrast is extraordinary and, in fact, this is the only example of the issue certified as DCAM by PCGS. An exquisite specimen destined to be a highlight in an advanced Indian cent collection.
Flying Eagle and Indian cent expert Rick Snow (2014) estimates that the Mint struck 300 Proofs of this issue, a one-year type as the only Indian cent produced in bronze composition without the designer's initial L on the obverse. Snow-PR2 accounts for the vast majority of survivors, the author asserting that upward of 200 specimens were coined from these dies. This is a late die state example, a loupe revealing considerable evidence of die rust on Liberty's portrait.
Provenance: From the ESM Collection.
PCGS Population: 1 in all grades in the DCAM category.
PCGS# 92278. NGC ID: 229F.
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