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Auction Name: 2020 November 19 - 22 US Coins Signature Auction

Lot Number: 3018

Shortcut to Lot: HA.com/1321-3018

1866 5C Rays PR66+ Deep Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. Of the two With Rays issues in the proof Shield nickel series, the 1866 is the only one that is usually available to the average collector. The 1867 Rays proof is the famous key date to the entire series. Not to be overlooked, however, the 1866 Rays proof is conditionally rare. PCGS has seen only a handful of pieces finer than PR66, with or without cameo contrast. But the finest examples of this issue obtainable for Registry collectors are four Deep Cameos reported by PCGS. Of those four, the Simpson coin offered here is the sole second finest (9/20). The coin is beautifully preserved and well contrasted, with fields that are more deeply mirrored than usual for the Shield nickel type. Every detail is sharply brought up, and the coin is brilliant save for tinges of champagne warmth around the outer peripheries. Population: 3 in 66 (1 in 66+) Deep Cameo, 1 finer (9/20).(Registry values: P3)

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