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    Strong 1871 Proof Set Featuring
    Superb Gem Dime

    1871 Nine-Piece Proof Set NGC. Many of the proof coins of all denominations issued in 1871 were from regular business strike dies that were polished prior to proof production. Such coins exhibit moderately mirrored fields rather than the deeply mirrored fields of earlier years. Cameo contrast can be found, but deep or ultra cameo contrast is rarely seen. In most denominations, the 1871 proofs are scarcer than those of earlier years, and are usually found in lower grades.
    Some of the Seated dollars are known from a doubled reverse die. Breen described a sharply doubled date Shield nickel variety in his Proof Encyclopedia, although Bowers made no mention of it in his Shield and Liberty nickel reference.
    The recorded mintage of proof silver coinage was 960 pieces, made in 11 individual groups from January through November 1871. As in 1870, there may have been additional minor proof coins minted, although the 960-coin silver mintage was probably more than enough to supply orders, with the balance of the silver melted, and the minor coins sold in sets.

    1871 Cent PR64 Red and Brown. The prevailing magenta and copper-orange colors shade into violet and mahogany. Crisply struck and attractive with only a few stray hairlines visible in the fields.

    1871 Three Cent Nickel PR65. A beguiling Gem proof that is primarily pale nickel-gray but with hints of gold on the obverse and a few faint streaks of sage on the reverse. The detail on Liberty's hair is admirable, if a trifle soft as always close to the ear.

    1871 Three Cent Silver PR65. Orange, peach, and violet overtones at the margins with lighter silver-gray and gold shadings closer to the centers. Light frost on the obverse star gives that side a degree of contrast. The fields offer watery reflectivity, and the devices are crisply defined.

    1871 Five Cent Nickel PR64 Cameo. Faint pink and gold accents visit lightly toned-over obverse surfaces that are pale nickel-gray. The reverse shows stronger rose-orange and blue elements. Attractively contrasted, though a few small contact marks hide among the scattered planchet flaws in the fields.

    1871 Half Dime PR65 Cameo. Though the silver-gray toning over most of the obverse is thick (and the blue, violet, rose, and gold elements at the rims are thicker still), this Gem's essential contrast shines through, thanks to the rich frost over the figure of Liberty. On the gold-tinged reverse, the cameo effect is more overt.

    1871 Dime PR67. An utterly enchanting Superb Gem, purple and blue in the centers with pale green peripheral elements. Exquisitely preserved beneath the patina and an all-around noteworthy specimen. Census: 3 in 67, 1 finer (10/09).

    1871 Quarter PR66 Cameo. The centers are essentially untoned and profoundly contrasted, while the margins show varying patina, gold and blue on the obverse and orange on the reverse. Strongly mirrored and thoroughly appealing. Census: 3 in 66 Cameo, 1 finer (10/09).

    1871 Half PR64. The luminous gold-gray color of the centers fades through dusky orange closer to the rims, with an additional layer of blue on the obverse. Hairlines are present in the fields, most noticeably to the left of Liberty.

    1871 Dollar PR63. Boldly defined with minimally toned centers and blue and orange peripheral shadings. Though the right obverse field is significantly hairlined, the reverse is comparatively clean.
    From The Boca Collection, Part One.

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

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