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Beautiful lustrous medium brown with a bit of prooflike flash thanks to a fresh die lapping. Generous mint red remains in the fields, about 15-20% overall. No marks or spots detract from either side and the eye appeal is outstanding. Among the finest known of the variety and has more mint red than the Naftzger coin that was called MS65 and finest known. One could make a case for a Gem grade for the present coin. M-LDS (c).
Petite Head, Small Letters. A newly discovered example that sits right up among the finest known of the variety. Intense cartwheel luster and significant remaining mint red account for the lofty grade awarded by PCGS. The obverse is light olive brown with at least 10% original red while the reverse is at least 75% red, only toned on the highpoints. The only marks are a little scratch at star 4 and a fainter hairline inside stars 2-3. EDS (a).
Certainly not the prettiest cent in this sale but will be one of the most hotly contested nevertheless. One of the Big 3 middle date varieties along with 1825 N-5 and 1834 N-7 and missing from many advanced collections. VG7 detail, two strong scratches on the obverse and lots of little hits around the rims on both sides. Slightly granular dark olive surfaces.
Small Overdate. A dazzling mint state cent with bold cartwheel luster and lots of mint red - about 15% on the obverse and over 90% on the reverse. Where toned, the color is an attractive dark chocolate with blue overtones. Only minor abrasions, none too distracting - tiny scratches at stars 7-8, scratch at O of ONE and faint hairline above. Several mint state coins are known of the variety, including some partially red ones, but the present piece is still a strong contender for a top 6 condition census. EDS.
Choice lustrous medium brown with bluish-steel overtones and traces of faded mint red in a few of the reverse letters. A lovely cent with extremely well-preserved surfaces, a little scratch on the cheek is the only thing to note. Called AU in the past but the surfaces are fully lustrous and we see no trace of wear. E-MDS and shows the curious “edge reeding” seen on some of this variety outside stars 3-7. Ex Lester Merkin 2/1969 - R.E. Naftzger, Jr., 1985 EAC Sale, lot 313 - Stu Hodge, 2004 EAC Sale, lot 316 - Tom Reynolds 11/18/2004 - Bryan Yamasaki.
Slightly lustrous dark chocolate brown surfaces with no marks of consequence and just a dusting of trivial roughness at the lower reverse. Hardly any wear, just a bit softly struck at the bust tip and opposing reverse. MDS, Breen III. A beautiful, condition census example with desirable old provenance. Ex T. Harrison Garrett - Robert Garrett 1919 - John Work Garrett, Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979, lot 97 - Dr. Thomas S. Chalkley, Superior 1/1990, lot 408 - Robinson S. Brown, Jr., Superior 1/1996, lot 292 - Wes Rasmussen - Al Boka, Heritage 9/2011, lot 3016 - Terry Denman.
Plain Edge. Beautiful light brown surfaces, essentially flawless, just lightly worn. There are a few spots of brick red tone on each side, most notably off the cap, but not a trace of roughness. Nicely struck on a totally problem-free planchet. EDS. Fabulous quality and eye appeal. Ex Tom Reynolds 11/21/2003 - Bryan Yamasaki.
Starred Reverse. Always an exciting offering when an example of this storied large cent variety comes up for sale. One hasn’t graced the pages of our EAC Sales in over 10 years. This piece is at least F15 in terms of the amount of wear received, but the definition is softened by porosity covering the fields and devices on each side, a bit heavier on the reverse than the obverse. The rough reverse surface doesn’t preclude fairly clear stars in the dentils from 5 to 10 o’clock though. Fortunately there are no marks or other damage to affect the appearance besides the roughness. Steel brown in color with some blue overtones. S-48s are cherished in all grades from basal state to the finest known XF and this one will no doubt find a loving home, though not before some good competition. Ex John Wright - Skip Pelletier.