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    1878 Shield Nickel, PR68 Ultra Cameo
    The Single Finest Example Known

    1878 5C PR68 ★ Ultra Cameo NGC. In 1878, only proof Shield nickels were coined, and these in the amount of 2,350 pieces. The date is sought by proof series collectors as well as date collectors. Most exhibit subpar eye appeal and contrast compared to proofs of other years. NGC and PCGS combined report only six Ultra/Deep Cameos in all grades. The present piece is not only the sole finest of the Ultra/Deep Cameos, it is also the only 1878 proof certified above the PR67 numeric level (11/16). Dazzling field-device contrast showcases needle-sharp, frost-white design elements on both sides set against black mirroring in the fields. There are no die cracks or mint-made strike-throughs, and the preservation appears virtually flawless. The captivating eye appeal stands in stark contrast to that for which the 1878 proof Shield nickel is usually known.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 4YTB, PCGS# 93832)

    Weight: 5.00 grams

    Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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