A Complete, Virtually Gem Set of Three Cent Nickel Proofs. The set is essentially brilliant, each piece displaying some level of cameo contrast and a few showing just a hint of color. Obviously, this was a hand-picked set. Included are:
1865 PR 65. The scarcest proof issue and a lovely example with full brilliance and a nice cameo contrast.
1866 PR 64. Brilliant but relatively subdued. One tiny scratch across the neck accounts for the grade.
1867 PR 65. Deep mirrors with a light cameo contrast.
1868 PR 65. Another scarce issue in gem condition with deep mirrors and a respectable cameo.
1869 PR 65. Very similar to the '68 with a light amount of haze covering the cameo.
1870 PR 64. Brilliant and flashy with just a hint of cameo.
1871 PR 64. Hazy gray surfaces with a few light hairlines that cover the modest cameo appearance.
1872 PR 65. A brilliant and flashy cameo example with aspirations to a higher grade.
1873 PR 65. Even flashier than the '72, this lovely gem is clearly superior for the grade.
1874 PR 65. Some light gold patina fills the center of the obverse and heightens the effect of the cameo.
1875 PR 64 Planchet Streak. Flashy with some light gold overtones. The aforementioned streak is a non-factor for visual appeal.
1876 PR 64. Slightly subdued, with no discernible cameo and a light mark on the face that limits the grade.
1877 PR 66. A stellar example of this popular proof-only issue with clean surfaces and a pretty cameo.
1878 PR 65. Another proof-only issue, albeit not as scarce as the '77, this piece has a gorgeous cameo and great pizzazz.
1879 PR 65. A brilliant and clean gem with a modest cameo and decent appeal.
1880 PR 66. Very clean surfaces, although the mirrors are a bit shallower and hence the cameo effect is negligible.
1881 PR 65. A stark black and white cameo presents exceptional eye appeal.
1882 PR 65 An average even gray example of this date.
1883 PR 65. A light gray example that presents a modest cameo contrast.
1884 PR 65. Golden undertones accent the beauty of this lovely gem piece.
1885 PR 65. A blue-gray gem with a great deal of eye appeal.
1886 PR 64. Light gray-gold surfaces generate a lot of life, a small spot and some light scuffs account for the grade.
1887/6 PR 65. A bright and essentially brilliant piece with a good cameo and a great deal of eye appeal.
1887 PR 65. The scarcest proof issue of the '80s, this even gray specimen is clearly superior for its grade.
1888 PR 66. Nearly superb, with frosty devices against deep mirrors in a highly appealing cameo contrast.
1889 PR 65. Bright and clean, with a light cameo contrast and subtle appeal.
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