Today’s second coin is an 1839 Silly Head cent. The Silly Head variety is named for the small curl of hair at the front of Liberty’s brow at the base of her coronet. The present example is graded MS-66BN by PCGS and is CAC approved, though this coin is nearly deserving of a Red Brown designation. The obverse is perhaps 40% or more red, and displays beautiful original cartwheels. The star at 1:00 on the obverse has a discoloration spot that’s not overly distracting, nor deep into the surface of the coin; another spot is noted at the 3:00 star. On the reverse perhaps 25% mint luster remains, and the only mark noted is small mark on the left side of the O in OF. The surfaces look very original and although a bit more splotchy color-wise (though not black spots, simply darker copper coloring), very pleasing. A carbon spot is noted at the top of the C in CENT, and there are a few other carbon flecks scattered on the reverse.
Our final coin is a 1955 Doubled Die Obverse Lincoln cent graded MS-64RD by PCGS. Most 1955 Doubled Dies are found in brown or red-brown condition and original red pieces are few and far between. Although this piece is not the finest graded piece in our sale (note an NGC MS-66RB), it is the only red example offered. Among the original red pieces left, it is truly rare to find as lustrous a piece as this one. We note some deep contact marks on Lincoln’s profile and some discoloration on the obverse fields. The reverse is relatively free of distracting marks though some dots of discoloration are present, the largest of which is at 5:30.