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    Impressive 10-Piece 1869 Proof Set
    Six Cameo Coins

    10-Piece 1869 Proof Set NGC. Mint records for silver proofs total 600 coins in seven individual deliveries dated from February 1 to October 8, 1869. The first quarter of the year saw 400 proof sets produced, with 50 more in the second quarter, 50 in the third quarter, and 100 in the fourth quarter. The number of minor proof coins struck in 1869 is similar to that of 1868, about 800 to 1,000 coins in all.
    A few proof three cent silver pieces exist from an overdated obverse die, 1869 over 8. That is the only significant variety among the minor and silver denomination proofs for the year, although some half dimes are known with a minor repunched date.
    Like most years from this time period, about half of the original mintage survives today. Current NGC and PCGS population data shows a certified population of more than half the mintage for each silver denomination, including 454 proof 1869 silver dollars. The number of resubmissions in those total figures remains unknown. Nearly all survivors across all denominations are sharply struck with deeply mirrored fields. Coins with full cameo contrast are rare but more available than from earlier years.

    Cent PR65 Red and Brown. Blushes of lavender and rose visit otherwise pale copper-orange surfaces. This sharply struck and charming Gem shows a tiny contact mark between the date and the U in UNITED.

    Two Cent PR65 Red and Brown. Distinctly more Red than Brown with copper-orange color dominant, though the obverse margins show their share of tan and mahogany. A crisply detailed specimen with minimal carbon.

    Three Cent Silver PR65 Cameo. The amber, green, and blue patina that occupies much of the margins gives way to silver-green at the centers, where the frosted devices set up attractive contrast. A well-defined and lovely Cameo Gem.

    Three Cent Nickel PR65 Cameo. More heavily frosted devices than often seen on this denomination, with the portrait particularly attractive in this respect. Small glimpses of green-gold toning visit otherwise nickel-white fields. A few shallow depressions are visible on the III within the wreath.

    Five Cent Nickel PR65 Cameo. A gleaming Gem with essentially brilliant fields and delightful snow-white devices. If the frost were a trifle thicker on the obverse, this could make a claim to Ultra Cameo status.

    Half Dime PR67. This Superb Gem displays considerable contrast for a coin not designated as Cameo, though the color progression on the obverse, from light green on the outside through to blue and a violet center, dampens the effect on that side. Similarly, if more lightly toned on the reverse and exquisitely preserved in every respect.

    Dime PR63 Cameo. Outstanding contrast with broad areas of gold and orange patina over otherwise silver-white surfaces. Additional blue elements are present at the rims. Sharply struck devices offer rich frost.

    Quarter PR65 Cameo. Bold gold-orange obverse toning eases slightly toward champagne on the reverse. Impressively detailed with wonderful snow-white devices. A carefully preserved Cameo Gem.

    Half Dollar PR64 Cameo. Dots of gold, blue, and green patina decorate the rims of this Choice Cameo coin, while the minimally toned centers are reflective in the fields and frosty on the devices. Boldly impressed and highly appealing for the grade.

    Seated Dollar PR64. Green-gold and blue patina embraces each side of this Seated dollar, with additional champagne elements present on the reverse. On the obverse, Liberty's portrait is thickly frosted, an effect that persists even through the patina.
    From The Boca Collection, Part One.


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

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