Lot #23. 1864 Indian Cent. L on Ribbon. MS-67 BN (NGC).
The April 2008 Chicago Rarities Sale - 4/15/2008
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A simply extraordinary representative of this popular hub variety in the early Indian Cent series, this Superb Gem has obviously been well cared for since the day of striking. True, much of the original mint luster has yielded to rich copper-brown patina, but there are still blushes of faded pinkish-orange color in a few of the protected areas near the denticles. Direct angles also reveal blended blue-gray overtones to the luster, but not even close inspection with a loupe calls forth a distracting blemishes. Fully struck throughout, with bold clashmarks in the left-obverse field that are as made.