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SERIES: Coronet Head Cents 1817-1857
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1823/2 1C, BN (Proof)

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PCGS PR63BN

PCGS PR63BN
PCGS #:
1777
Diameter:
28.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
10.89 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
5
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$80,500 • PCGS PR64 • 11-1-2008 • Stack's
 
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 5 R-9.7 7 / 24 TIE 9 / 43 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 8 / 24 TIE 10 / 43 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 24 1 / 43
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR64BN PCGS grade  

Robert Batchelder - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Early American Coppers 4/1989:261 - John B. MacDonald Collection - Denis W. Loring - Anthony Terranova, sold privately on 10/26/2000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30049

2 PR63BN PCGS grade
2 PR63BN estimated grade  

John F. McCoy Collection - W. Eliot Woodward 5/1864:704 - Joseph Zanoni Collection - Thomas Cleneay Collection - S.H. & Henry Chapman 12/1890:1860 - John G. Mills Collection - S.H. & Henry Chapman 4/1904:1308 - Major William B. Wetmore Collection - S.H. & Henry Chapman 6/1906:616 - Henry Beckwith Collection - S.H. Chapman 4/1923:62 - Howard R. Newcomb Collection - J.C. Morgenthau 5/1945:556 - Floyd Starr Collection - Stack's 6/1984:161 - Richard Burdick - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger - Eric J. Streiner - Legend Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2004:320, $59,800

2 PR62BN estimated grade  

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - M.A. Brown Collection - Col. James W. Ellsworth Collection, sold privately in 1923 - Wayte Raymond - William Cutler Atwater Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1946:61, $232.50 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/21/1996:554, $39,600

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR64BN PCGS grade  

Robert Batchelder - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Early American Coppers 4/1989:261 - John B. MacDonald Collection - Denis W. Loring - Anthony Terranova, sold privately on 10/26/2000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30049

2 PR63BN PCGS grade
2 PR63BN estimated grade  

John F. McCoy Collection - W. Eliot Woodward 5/1864:704 - Joseph Zanoni Collection - Thomas Cleneay Collection - S.H. & Henry Chapman 12/1890:1860 - John G. Mills Collection - S.H. & Henry Chapman 4/1904:1308 - Major William B. Wetmore Collection - S.H. & Henry Chapman 6/1906:616 - Henry Beckwith Collection - S.H. Chapman 4/1923:62 - Howard R. Newcomb Collection - J.C. Morgenthau 5/1945:556 - Floyd Starr Collection - Stack's 6/1984:161 - Richard Burdick - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger - Eric J. Streiner - Legend Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2004:320, $59,800

2 PR62BN estimated grade  

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - M.A. Brown Collection - Col. James W. Ellsworth Collection, sold privately in 1923 - Wayte Raymond - William Cutler Atwater Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1946:61, $232.50 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/21/1996:554, $39,600

Ron Guth: Proof coins of the 1820s are very rare, and the 1823/2 Cent is no exception.  Early copper expert Denis Loring enumerated five different examples, of which four are listed in the PCGS CoinFacts Census above.  All of the known examples show prooflike surfaces and an above-average strike, though all show weakness on the 7th through the 11th stars.  Their appearance is much different than circulation strikes, even though they were all made from the same die pair (N-1).

The finest example appears to be the PCGS PR64BN from the Eugene Gardner Collection.