Ex Robinson S. Brown, Jr. and Steven Nomura.Glossy grey and cobalt toning, with occasional iridescent highlights at the stars and rims. A 16th star was inadvertently punched into the working die where the Y in LIBERTY belongs. The engraver had to smooth the area before adding the Y. Two distinct rays of the underlying star survived the effort. The coin is nicely impressed with a balanced strike. Minor circulation ticks are consistent with the grade. Robbie Brown* acquired the coin from Jack Beymer in 1992. Brown consigned his notable die variety collection to me in 1995. This coin was lot 7 in MB 14, April 29, 1995 (as NGC XF 45), bringing $4,070. Ah, the good old days! It next appeared in Heritage’s April 2012 Central States Sale, lot 4363, selling for $11,500. Steve Nomura was the happy buyer when Heritage again offered the coin in its June 2015 Long Beach Sale. Lot 3948, still in its NGC capsule (with a fresh CAC sticker), brought $14,100. Steve crossed the coin to PCGS and recovered the green sticker.
Estimate: $10,000 to $15,000
*Brown is best known for having twice assembled a complete set of Large Cents by Sheldon varieties. He was CEO of Brown-Forman Corp. Think of Jack Daniels and other spirits.
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