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1855 25C PR65 Cameo NGC....

2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104

 
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Auction Ended On: Apr 17, 2008
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Location: Rosemont, IL
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Gorgeous 1855 Arrows Quarter, PR65 Cameo
Finest Known
Cameo Designation
1855 25C PR65 Cameo NGC. Ex: P. Kaufman. A relatively small number of proof 1855 Seated quarters are known, including this impressive Gem Cameo that ranks as one of the finest certified with the Cameo designation. The proof mintage is unknown, but certainly limited.
Survival estimates indicate that about 15-20 proof 1855 quarters are known. NGC and PCGS have each certified nine specimens, with each service assigning the Cameo designation to three coins. Our auction-records database indicates about 35 appearances of non-Cameo proofs over the last 15 to 20 years (many of which are duplicates), and a significantly smaller number of Cameo appearances. The following roster presents the Cameo listing derived from those catalogs to which we have access:

1. PR65 Cameo NGC. The Kaufman coin.
2. PR64 Star Cameo NGC.
Richmond Sale III (David Lawrence Rare Coins, 3/2005), lot 1525.
3. PR64 Cameo NGC. Pre-Long Beach (Superior, 10/2000), lot 4362; 2003 FUN Sale (Heritage, 1/2003), lot 4603.
4. PR64 Cameo PCGS. 2005 FUN Sale (Heritage, 1/2005), lot 30178; Heritage (8/2006), lot 5188.

Deep mirror fields on the Kaufman coin highlight the motifs that possess a somewhat grainy texture. Aqua-blue and purple toning hugs the peripheries, while light golden-tan dominates the central areas. An impressive strike sharpens the design details, save for minor softness on the stars along the right border, yet these still display most of the centrils. An occasional faint hairline mingles with die polish lines in the fields, but the surfaces on both sides are well preserved. Some light as-made planchet lines through the 1 and 8 of the date did not strike out. A simply gorgeous coin for the numerical grade.
From The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Seated Proof Sets, Part Three.(Registry values: P3) (PCGS# 85551)

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