This 1859 Indian Head cent die cap error realized $23,500 in a March 2014 Heritage Auctions sale. The coin is graded PCGS MS-66.
The die cap in the Heritage auction is graded Mint State 66 by Professional Coin Grading Service and the PCGS slab is affixed with an Eagle Eye Photo Seal sticker from Indian Head cent specialist Rick Snow. Amazingly, the MS-66 grade assigned to the coin is among the highest assigned for an 1859 cent, "die cap or not," in the words of the cataloger. PCGS has graded just 21 1859 Indian Head cents with that grade, with just one higher piece (MS-66+).
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