Images courtesy of Superior
PCGS Proof-65 Red (illustrated
below). ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc., Atlanta ANA
Signature Sale, August 8-11, 2001, Lot 5145, where it was described as
follows: "...First Restrike. B-2, Unlisted in Cohen, Low R.6. This is
a curious study piece. The Breen text states, "Not found with perfect
reverse die as on 1836 originals." However, examination of this piece
reveals two things: 1) there is no trace of die cracking on the reverse,
and 2) diagnostically, the reverse can only be struck from the reverse of
1836. The only conclusion we can draw from this is that there must have
been at least one coin struck using this reverse die before the die
The surfaces are flaming red and the fields are deeply mirrored. The
devices, of course, are fully struck. Very rare in any grade, this piece
is at the pinnacle of perfection as far as grade and color are
PCGS Proof-65 Brown.
Ex - Pittman - offered in
the April 7, 2003 issue of COIN WORLD by North American Certified Trading
PCGS Proof-64 Red & Brown. Ex - Superior Galleries
"Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 302,
sold for $11,212.50 Ex Georg F. Ulex, Lyman Low 7/8/1902:126
(incorrectly listed as an original)-H. G. Brown, Lyman Low 10/11/1904:224
(also incorrectly listed as an original)-unknown-Barney Bluestone
1/13/39:327- Charles J. Dupont (Anderson Dupont), Stack's
11/11/54:1117-Dorothy Nelson-TAD Collection, Stack's 3/15/75:850-
Paramount International Coin Corp., (various FPL's 1975-8) FPL #108,
1/79-Martin Baer- 1989 ANA Sale, Bowers & Merena 8/9/89:1151-Dr.
"Proof-63" (illustrated above). Ex - Superior Galleries New
York ANA Sale, August 1-3, 2002, Lot 186, illustrated, where it was
described as follows: "1831. First Restrike. Breen 1-B Rarity-5+.
Proof 63. Mint red fading to light bluish steel brown, at least a third of
the original color remaining. No spots or stains. There is a light rim
bruise at star 10 and a tiny rim nick in the wire edge at star 2. The
fields are nicely reflective, the reverse mirrors especially deep. Breen
state II, which is extremely rare with the single reverse die crack.
Weight 70.5 grains. Ex E. A. Maust 1920-A. Maust (son)."
The finest Proof "Rev. 1836" Brown example graded by PCGS is a
The finest Proof "Rev. 1836" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is
a single PR-66RB.
The finest Proof "Rev. 1836" Red examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-65RD's.
Sources and/or recommended
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2001" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service
Early American Coppers Club