Lot 260: 1783 PLAIN EDGE Washington + Independence Draped Bust Cent PCGS Proof-63 Brown
Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals
December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Plain Edge Washington & Independence Draped Bust Cent
1783 Washington & Independence Draped Bust Cent. No Button. Plain Edge. Copper. Baker 3C. Breen 1192. W-10310. PCGS graded Proof-63 Brown.
A popular early restrike made by coin dealer W. J. Taylor of London circa 1850-1860. Called "very rare" by Walter Breen, who cites the 1982 auction sale of the Robison specimen for $500 (an impressive price for the time but certainly low today). While George Washington Draped Bust Restrikes in general are more common than the "Original" Draped Bust, this one's important Variety happens to be the tough "Plain Edge" issue. How tough you ask? Well, to recent date PCGS has certified 156 examples of the "Engrailed Edge" type (in all color designations combined) as compared to just 40 of this "Plain Edge" issue. And this is a charming, fully original piece with Prooflike surfaces displaying some old flashy natural blue-green and reddish-gold toning on the obverse and reverse.