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

1857 1C Small Date, BN (Proof)

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PCGS PR66BN

PCGS PR66BN

PCGS PR66BN
PCGS #:
2000
Diameter:
27.50 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
10.89 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
238
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$11,163 • NGC PR66 • 1-9-2013 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 55 R-8.4 17 / 19 34 / 43
60 or Better 52 R-8.4 17 / 19 34 / 43
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 13 / 19 20 / 43
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66BN PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2005:142 - Douglas Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5758, $11,162.50

1 PR66BN PCGS grade  
1 PR66BN PCGS grade  
1 PR66BN PCGS grade  
5 PR65BN PCGS grade

Dr. George P. French - B. Max Mehl 1929 FPL, lot 816 - John P. Young - Barney Bluestone “89th Sale” 9/1945:989 - R. E. Naftzger, Jr. - Abe Kosoff 4/1956:440 - Harold Bareford - Stack's “Auction ‘80” 8/1980:1090 - Del Bland - R. S. Brown, Jr. 12/1988 - Denis Loring 2/1993 - R. S. Brown, Jr. 4/1999 - Dan Holmes Collection - Goldbergs 1/2011:688, $10,350

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66BN PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2005:142 - Douglas Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5758, $11,162.50

1 PR66BN PCGS grade  
1 PR66BN PCGS grade  
1 PR66BN PCGS grade  
5 PR65BN PCGS grade

Dr. George P. French - B. Max Mehl 1929 FPL, lot 816 - John P. Young - Barney Bluestone “89th Sale” 9/1945:989 - R. E. Naftzger, Jr. - Abe Kosoff 4/1956:440 - Harold Bareford - Stack's “Auction ‘80” 8/1980:1090 - Del Bland - R. S. Brown, Jr. 12/1988 - Denis Loring 2/1993 - R. S. Brown, Jr. 4/1999 - Dan Holmes Collection - Goldbergs 1/2011:688, $10,350

5 PR65BN PCGS grade
5 PR65BN PCGS grade  
5 PR65BN PCGS grade  
5 PR65BN PCGS grade  
5 PR65BN PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Proof 1857 Large Cents are known only of the Small Date versions.  In particular, only Newcomb 3 and Newcomb 5 have been found in Proof; not surprsingly, they are both Proof-only varieties (no "business" strikes are known of either).  Breen suggested that over 80 Proof examples of Newcomb 3 survived and that "at least a dozen" of Newcomb 5 survived.  Both estimates are perhaps a little low, although the Newcomb 5 is indeed a rare coin. 

Finest among the Proof 1857 Large Cents is a PCGS PR66RB, followed by a small group of PCGS PR66BNs.  Red-Brown 1857 Large Cent Proofs are only slightly rarer than the Brown versions, but Red examples are exceedingly rare. 

The most valuable Proof 1857 Large Cent is the PCGS PR65RD example from an early iteration of the Eugene Gardner Collection (1965), which sold in 2008 for $74,750