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|Auction Ended On:||Aug 17, 1995|
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Extremely Rare 1852 Proof Dime1852 PR 64 NGC. An unknown, but very small, quantity of proof dimes were struck in 1852. In his 1977 opus on proofs, Breen estimates that only 5-6 pieces are extant and traces the pedigrees of only four coins. The importance to the numismatic community of such a piece is difficult to overstate. This coin was produced at a time when proofs were made either for a few select insiders in Mint circles, by request, or for diplomatic purposes. As a result, few people were favored with proof coinage in any given year.
Unlike some pre-1858 proofs, there is no doubt about the status of this remarkable coin. The fields are deeply mirrored, and the devices are fully detailed in all areas. Light hairlines are scattered across each side, and while they have an effect on the technical grade of the piece, they do little to diminish the overall attractiveness and desirability of the coin. Each side displays an overlay of light golden patina with a slightly darker streak across the right side of the obverse. There are no marks of singular importance that would aid in the tracing of this coin's pedigree. A landmark opportunity for the dime collector or anyone interested in pre-1858 proof coinage. (NGC ID# 23C8, PCGS# 4739)
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