PCGS-Certified 15 Piece 1873 Proof Set
15-Piece 1873 Proof Set PCGS. Closed 3 Cent PR65 Red.
Well struck and unabraded. Straw-gold aside from variegated
rose-red on the central reverse. Very scarce in full red.
Population: 27 in 65 Red, 3 finer (7/08).
Complete From Cent Through Trade Dollar
Closed 3 Two Cent Piece PR65 Brown. Substantial orange-red remains, although the open fields are gunmetal-blue. Boldly struck and carbon-free. A popular proof-only date with a Closed 3 mintage of 600 pieces.
Open 3 Two Cent Piece PR64 Brown. A sharply struck and mark-free near-Gem with dusky tan toning. Just 500 Open 3 proofs were struck. Population: 26 in 64 Brown, 4 finer (7/08).
Three Cent Silver PR63. An untoned example with moderate contrast between the devices and the slightly subdued fields. The upper reverse is mildly granular. A proof-only date with a mintage of just 600 pieces, all struck with a Closed 3.
Closed 3 Three Cent Nickel PR64. Ice-blue and honey-gold illuminates this suitably struck and unmarked near-Gem. A charming example in a grade that provides excellent value.
Closed 3 Shield Nickel PR65 Cameo. This nicely mirrored Gem is delicately toned in caramel-gold and steel-blue. Refreshingly free from marks or carbon. Population: 22 in 65 Cameo, 15 finer (7/08).
Half Dime PR64. Closed 3, as are all 1873 half dimes. Aquamarine and golden-brown with clean surfaces and minor inexactness of strike on the upper left portion of the wreath. The final year of the denomination, made unnecessary by the Shield nickel. Just 600 proofs were struck.
No Arrows, Closed 3 Dime PR65 Cameo. Ocean-blue and golden-brown bands hug the obverse border. The reverse is untoned aside from a couple of russet freckles. Reasonably struck with good obverse contrast. Population: 10 in 65 Cameo, 1 finer (7/08).
Arrows Dime PR64 Cameo. The fields and devices are untoned, while the obverse border is navy-blue. A suitably struck near-Gem with attractive preservation. A scarce and popular two-year type with a combined proof mintage of 1,500 pieces. Population: 5 in 64 Cameo, 4 finer (5/08).
No Arrows Quarter PR64. Light gold toning visits this precisely struck and mark-free Choice proof dime. Although undesignated as Cameo, white on black contrast is perceptible. Only 600 proofs were struck. Population: 37 in 64, 18 finer (7/08).
Arrows Quarter PR64 Cameo. Peripheral rose patina encompasses the nearly brilliant fields and devices. Intricately struck and attractive. The major devices display obvious contrast. Only 540 proofs were struck for the first of only two proof Arrows issues. Population: 10 in 64 Cameo, 2 finer (7/08).
No Arrows, Closed 3 Half Dollar PR64 Cameo. Blushes of pale apricot grace this exquisitely struck and undisturbed near-Gem. Only 600 proofs were struck, and quality survivors are very scarce. Population: 11 in 64 Cameo, 4 finer (7/08).
Arrows Half Dollar PR63 Cameo. A good strike with only minor blending on the eagle's left (facing) ankle. The lightly frosted devices contrast with the slightly subdued fields. Just 550 proofs were struck, and only 1,250 proofs were issued for the entire two-year subtype.
Seated Dollar PR64 Cameo. Medium apricot-gold and apple-green adorns this nicely struck near-Gem. IN GOD WE is moderately die doubled. The final date of the type, since silver dollars were replaced with the Trade dollar by the "Crime of 1873" legislation. A scant 600 proofs were struck. Population: 20 in 64 Cameo, 1 finer (7/08).
Trade Dollar PR63 Cameo. Icy motifs provide good contrast with the minimally toned and glassy fields. The strike is precise save for blending on the eagle's right (facing) leg. A lengthy, bold die line (as made) passes through the lower obverse drapery. A mere 865 proofs were issued. Population: 11 in 63 Cameo, 6 finer (7/08).(Registry values: N2998)
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