1843 N-15 R3 PCGS MS64          $2950

Very attractive lustrous bluish steel and medium chocolate brown. Satiny mint frost covers this cent and the eye appeal is outstanding. The only defects are numerous microscopic planchet lamination flakes in the obverse fields, none visible without the aid of a strong glass, plus a small planchet chip high on the cheekbone (all as struck). The reverse is flawless. Sharply struck E-MDS, die state a. The lines at the inner and main curls are sharp but the very fine die line under the right top of the N in ONE is faint. In addition there is what was once thought to be a clearly defined rim cud break at the bottom of the reverse. It is quite deceptive but it is not a rim cud; rather it was created by an uneven amount of planchet metal on the edge of the planchet.

Ex Norm Pullen 5/1987-Doug Bird 7/1987-R. E. Naftzger, Jr., 1990 EAC Sale, lot 299-Tom Reynolds 4/1991-Wes Rasmussen, McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Superior 2/8/1998:54-Jack Wadlington (the Twin Leaf Collection), Stack's Bowers 7/16/2015:2369-Fred Iskra Collection

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