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    Rare 12-Piece 1868 Proof Set, NGC Certified

    1868 Twelve-Piece Proof Set NGC. A remarkable 1868 proof set that includes two patterns, as issued. With the inclusion of the three cent nickel and five cent patterns this set has the appearance of an original proof set. Many proof sets were issued in this year with these two patterns plus the cent pattern, Judd-608 (not included here). Included are:

    1868 Cent PR64 Red NGC. Bright and flashy with complete mint red color. The reverse is rotated 180 degrees, as seen on many (most?) proof 1868 cents.

    1868 Two Cent Piece PR65 Red and Brown NGC. Deeply reflective and mostly cherry-red with a slight bit of browning around the margins.

    1868 Three Cent Silver PR61 NGC. Hairlined, but not obviously so, with muted gray-golden toning over each side.

    1868 Three Cent Nickel PR64 Cameo NGC. A brilliant coin with pronounced contrast between the fields and devices. A bit of darker patina is seen over the highpoint of Liberty's cheek.

    1868 Three Cent Nickel, Judd-618, Pollock-687, R.4. PR63 NGC. Similar to the regular issue, but from an entirely different die. The Roman numerals on the reverse are smooth and without ribs. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. Light, even gray-lilac patina is seen over each side. A long planchet lamination that resembles a die crack is located on the lower right portion of the reverse.

    1868 Nickel PR64 NGC. Mostly brilliant with deeply reflective, glittering mirrors in the fields. Light roller marks are seen over the 5 in the center of the reverse.

    1868 Five Cent, Judd-633, Pollock-704, R.5. PR65 NGC. Struck on a regular five cent-sized planchet. The obverse is a larger variant of the three cent nickel design, while the reverse has a large V in the center surrounded by a laurel wreath and a small Maltese cross at the top. IN GOD WE TRUST is on a ribbon around the cross. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. An attractive, brightly reflective pattern with rose and lime-green patina on each side.

    1868 Half Dime PR63 NGC. Variegated golden-rose toning is seen over each side with deeply reflective fields.

    1868 Dime PR64 NGC. A nicely reflective example with more or less brilliant centers and rose colored peripheries. A scuff on the cheek of Liberty prevents a higher grade.

    1868 Quarter PR64 NGC. Hazy gray toning is seen over each side, but when turned just so beneath a light the proof mirrors flash forcefully through the patina.

    1868 Half Dollar PR64 Cameo NGC. An impressive upper-end proof half that is nearly brilliant with only one noticeable light streak of color on the obverse and none on the reverse. Sharp contrast between the fields and devices.

    1868 Seated Dollar PR64 NGC. Another well-matched coin from this impressive proof set. Again, the fields are deeply mirrored, and while each side shows a light dusting of rose-golden patina there is a significant underlying presence of brilliance. There is a considerable amount of contrast between the fields and devices but not enough to warrant a Cameo designation.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2006
    9th-11th Thursday-Saturday
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