Lot #17. 1859 Indian Cent. Proof-64 Cameo (NGC).
The April 2008 Chicago Rarities Sale - 4/15/2008
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Anticipating strong collector sales due to the novelty of the design, the Mint struck approximately 800 proof Indian Cents in 1859. Fewer than half of those pieces actually left the Mint, however, and the number of survivors in all grades is probably on the order of just 250-400 examples. Today, those coins enjoy strong collector demand as the only proof Indian Cents of the Laurel Wreath Reverse type.
An impressive strike rarity, this important near-Gem exhibits appreciable cameo contrast between fully struck devices and smooth-looking fields. Pinkish-honey color blankets both sides, the reverse a bit warmer in appearance than the obverse. With no distracting blemishes, this coin comes highly recommended for advanced type purposes.