Lot #3. 1795 Talbot, Allum & Lee Cent. Breen-1035. Thick Flan. Proof-61 BN (PCGS).
The April 2008 Chicago Rarities Sale - 4/15/2008
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This impressive specimen possesses superior striking quality to that which we have become accustomed to seeing in business strike Talbot, Allum & Lee Cents. The devices are fully defined, and a modestly reflective finish is discernible on the obverse when that side of the coin rotates into a light. The reverse exhibits the same exactness of strike, but the texture is more satiny in quality. Blended orange-brown and gray-brown patina dominates the outward appearance, the surfaces remarkably free of distracting blemishes for the Proof-61 numeric grade. Apparently, PCGS felt that the original finish was too subdued to support a higher designation.