1858 Small Letters Flying Eagle Proof?
I was able to purchase this coin at auction earlier this year. It is graded MS65+ by NGC (CAC) . When I looked through the attribution guide, the coin pictured showed every diagnostic of the PR-1 Small Letters, though it was graded MS65+. The surfaces are proof-like and it is a gorgeous coin no matter PF or MS. I had a chance to show the coin to Rick Snow in Baltimore a few weeks back and he thinks it is a proof as well. Im torn on how to get this attributed correctly. This is a tough date/variety in any grade above MS64 and the premium for it being Proof vs MS is about $20K!
I have seen some people have great luck with submitting mis-attributed coins and want to know if cracking it out would be the best option for re-submission or if sending it in as a "cross-over" to any proof grade would be better. Im not sure if PCGS allows a crossover from MS to PF.
What do you think? The pictures don't show the mirrors, but they are there. Also, there are no known MS coins struck with these dies to my knowledge.
For comparison, here is an 1858 SL High leaves reverse that is graded PF64+ by PCGS (CAC). These coins were struck with the same dies.