Why am I so excited about this 1859 Indian Head Cent?

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  1. Omegaraptor

    Omegaraptor Gobrecht / Longacre Enthusiast

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    Several days ago I was browsing Ebay as usual. I was looking through 1859 IHCs, saw this one, and almost immediately bought it. The cost was $36. The real value is likely far higher.

    The variety was discovered by Walter Breen in 1953, and since then, few have turned up. In the late 1980s, only about 5 examples were known. Rick Snow said in one edition of his book that about 30 examples are known today, but I believe this number to be closer to 50. Nontheless, a rarity for sure.

    I've already told @C-B-D what it is, but I think @Paddy54 might know...
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  3. NSP

    NSP Well-Known Member

    S-1? Very cool find, and the coin looks nice also.
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  4. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Well-Known Member

    Looks very much like it could be RPD-001...if so, good eye! :singing::happy:;)
  5. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    I have no idea
  6. Rheingold

    Rheingold Well-Known Member


    I remember you have this variety, too.
    Would you Show us your coin?
  7. micbraun

    micbraun coindiccted

    FS301? Congrats. Try to get the gunk off and post new pics. Reference pics attached to this post. And let us know why you think you know better than RS.

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  8. micbraun

    micbraun coindiccted

    No, NGC said it was only “die deterioration” and not the FS301 variety.
  9. 2x2 $averKrazy

    2x2 $averKrazy Hopelessly coined in

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  10. 2x2 $averKrazy

    2x2 $averKrazy Hopelessly coined in

    so how rare is this did I hear u rite only 50? yours looks much nicer than mine but I'm digging any info I can get!
  11. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    Oh bull....
  12. 2x2 $averKrazy

    2x2 $averKrazy Hopelessly coined in

    bull what not getting it
  13. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    It most certainly is the variety however since it is a rare one and his specimen was so nice they decieded to not attribute it as to what it is....
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  14. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    Mike please repost the images...thanks
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  15. Omegaraptor

    Omegaraptor Gobrecht / Longacre Enthusiast

    Most of you are correct. It is 1859 Snow-1 RPD-001! Thoughts on grade?
  16. CircCam

    CircCam Douglas Fir...

    F12, great job
  17. 2x2 $averKrazy

    2x2 $averKrazy Hopelessly coined in

    I see the 9 is dif in the one he posted
  18. micbraun

    micbraun coindiccted

    Can you please answer my question first? Why do you think you know better than Rick Snow? Thanks
  19. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Agree with F-12 and I see something behind the date. Nice coin.
  20. Omegaraptor

    Omegaraptor Gobrecht / Longacre Enthusiast

    I apologize, as I have missed that part of your post. I don’t think I know better than Rick Snow, but I just think his estimate seems oddly low given that 19 have been graded at PCGS and 14 at NGC, plus whatever known examples exist raw.
  21. Omegaraptor

    Omegaraptor Gobrecht / Longacre Enthusiast


    Closer pic of the date, sorry I don’t have acetone right now. The repunching is visible on the 1, 8, and 5 of the date.
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