Images courtesy of Superior
Brown. Ex – American Numismatic
Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,”
July 25, 2003
98, "Original, Rarity-6", illustrated, sold for $5,520.00
"Proof-64" (illustrated above). Ex -
Superior Galleries New York ANA Sale, August 1-3, 2002, Lot 192,
illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1840. Original.
Breen 1-A Rarity-5+. Proof 64. Brilliant original mint red with a couple
swipes of steel brown toning on both sides, at least 85% of the red
remaining. There is a tiny speck of carbon in the field over star 1 and a
larger spot of extremely light carbon between stars 12 & 13. Otherwise
this piece is an outstanding gem. Weight 83.0 grains. Ex Richard B.
Winsor, S. H. & H. Chapman 1895:1047-E. A. Maust 1920-A. Maust (son)."
Sources and/or recommended
"American Half Cents, The 'Little Half Sisters', Second
Edition", by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service
Early American Coppers Club