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1897 Indian Head Cent "one in neck"

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I'm trying this again, having gotten it completely wrong the first time. I looked in Cherrypicker's and the auction photo does not look like that of the Cherrypicker's guide. The auction photo makes the coin look like only a vague shadow of a "1" whereas the CP guide makes the "1" appear clear and quite distinct. Here's the auction photo re-worked:




With the CP guide, the top serif of the 1 is quite distinct and basically at the level of the neck in terms of relief. The upright of the 1 is far less distinct than the shadow in the auction photo. I'd put up a scan of the PC photo, but I don't feel comfortable with the copyright infringement.




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I would have to say that, yes, it is a 1 in neck, just a weaker example not worth much premium. - OR - It is just a unique toning spot that gives it the appearance. Hard to say 100% from the picture.

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