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    Splendid 1859 Silver-Minor Proof Set

    1859 7-Piece Proof Set NGC. In 1859 the Indian cent made its debut, the three cent silver piece had its design modified, the half dime had special "hollow stars," and the dime ended its design at Philadelphia.

    1859 Cent PR65 Cameo. After a short production of Flying Eagle cents, the design of the still new small cent was changed to an Indian on the obverse, and a laurel wreath on the reverse. This lovely tan Gem Cameo proof has exceptional contrast with fully mirrored fields and frosty devices. Faint amber, blue, and iridescent toning adds to its eye appeal. Census: 7 in 65 Cameo, 6 finer (11/09).

    1859 Three Cent Silver PR65. While the basic design of the three cent silver coins remained the same, slight modifications took place in 1854 and again in 1859. The initial design had a plain star on the obverse. From 1854 to 1858 the Type Two obverse had a double outline around the star. Beginning in 1859, and continuing to the end of the series in 1873, the Type Three obverse had a single outline around the star. This deeply toned piece is exceptional for its brilliant blue and iridescent presentation over fully mirrored proof surfaces. Census: 21 in 65, 11 finer (11/09).

    1859 Half Dime PR64. The center of each star is hollow, meaning that it had to be raised in the actual die. The 1 in the date is boldly repunched below, while the 8, 5, and 9 a re each slightly repunched. This pleasing piece is attractively toned and shows excellent contrast between the mirrored fields and lustrous devices.

    1859 Dime PR65 Cameo. Although it remained in production the following year on the West Coast, the Stars Obverse design ceased to exist after 1859 in Philadelphia. This Gem Cameo proof has gorgeous iridescent toning over fully mirrored fields and highly lustrous devices. Census: 8 in 65 Cameo, 17 finer (11/09).

    1859 Quarter PR65. A lovely example, this Gem exhibits obvious cameo contrast, although the toning prevents such a designation from the grading service. This piece has fully mirrored fields that frame its satiny devices, all beneath moderate iridescent toning. Census: 15 in 65, 16 finer (11/09).

    1859 Half Dollar PR65. A borderline cameo piece, this Gem proof half dollar has excellent field-device contrast with delicate iridescent toning on each side. It is a splendid piece that might have been assigned the Cameo designation on any other day. Census: 19 in 65, 7 finer (11/09).

    1859 Dollar PR66 NGC. The majestic Seated Liberty silver dollar, the largest physical coin in this set, is also the highest graded piece, as it should be with its amazing aesthetic appeal. The surfaces are deeply mirrored and contrast nicely with the lustrous devices, all beneath delightful gold and iridescent toning. Census: 18 in 66, 4 finer (11/09).


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

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    6th-10th Wednesday-Sunday
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