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    Appealing Eight-Piece 1875 Proof Set
    With PR66
    Cameo Three Cent Nickel

    1875 Eight-Piece Proof Set NGC. The twenty cent piece was introduced to the nation in 1875. The obverse was virtually identical to the Seated Liberty quarters and both business strikes and proofs were minted, with additional examples struck in San Francisco and Carson City. The denomination was a major failure, lasting only one more year for business strikes and another two years after that for proofs. The success of such a denomination would have required a different design, or a distinctly different size. Even then, as we saw more than a century later with the Anthony and Sacagawea dollars, the size, design, or even the color was insufficient to create a successful circulating coinage. The proof mintage of twenty cent pieces amount to 2,790 coins, a large figure that suggests the mint planned on individual coin sales.
    Business strike Trade dollars were coined to a limited extent, and many collectors acquired proofs since they were easier to locate. Most other denominations had larger business strike mintages with less demand for the proofs. There were 630 proof quarters minted, along with 700 dimes, 650 half dollars, and 700 Trade dollars. As before, the number of minor proof coins produced is not precisely known.

    Cent PR63 Red and Brown. The lemon-gold and copper-orange surfaces are decidedly more Red than Brown, though a degree of turning is present. Strongly struck with a few pinpoint contact marks and light hairlines scattered in the fields.

    Three Cent Nickel PR66
    Cameo. A stunningly contrasted example of an issue rarely found that way; NGC has graded just eight Cameo examples versus 212 non-Cameo coins, and this PR66 specimen is tied for numerically finest (10/09). Each side is essentially untoned save for a hint of gold on the reverse. Both sides show glassy mirrors, the obverse especially so, and richly frosted devices.

    Nickel PR65.
    Pale sky-blue and gold tints have settled over much of this gleaming Gem proof. The strike is strong throughout, and the eye appeal is a great match for the PR65 level of preservation.

    Dime PR66 Cameo.
    Intensely frosted devices give way to silver-gray fields in the centers and deep blue, violet, and orange shadings close to the rims. A fantastically mirrored specimen with undeniable contrast and eye appeal. Census: 13 in 66 Cameo, 4 finer (10/09).

    Twenty Cent PR64.
    Rich blue-green and violet-rose shadings converge on this strongly struck Choice proof from the first year of the twenty cent denomination. Pleasingly mirrored, though several grade-defining contact marks are noted just to the right of Liberty's head.

    Quarter PR64 Cameo.
    This coin's contrast persists through considerable patina, light smoky-gray over the centers with reddish-orange and sage peripheral toning. A single set of hairlines is visible to the unaided eye in the right obverse field.

    Half PR61.
    Though a number of short hairlines and contact marks are visible on each side, this gleaming silver-gray piece with gold-kissed rims offers strong visual appeal for the PR61 designation. A faint fingerprint overlaps Liberty's foot.

    Trade Dollar PR63.
    Rich gunmetal-blue and silver-gray toning drapes the mirrors, and dots of deeper color are splashed about. Light hairlines in the fields, though the mildly frosted devices are free of all but the most minor contact marks.
    From The Boca Collection, Part One.

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

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    January, 2010
    6th-10th Wednesday-Sunday
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