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    Eight-Piece 1876 Proof Set
    The Famous Centennial Year

    1876 Eight-Piece Proof Set NGC. As the nation celebrated its centennial, more proof coins were minted than in any previous year, with at least 1,150 proofs struck of each silver denomination. Demand was heightened by those who sought souvenirs of the U.S. centennial. Now as then, the year 1876 holds importance for collectors, and the historical value of the 1876 coinage ensures that demand remains at high levels today.
    Only minor varieties are known among the different denominations. Proof Trade dollars exist in two different hub combinations. The last 50 proof 1876 Trade dollars in our recent auctions include 47 examples of the Type One obverse, Type Two reverse combination, and only three examples of the Type Two obverse, Type Two reverse variant.
    As each silver denomination has a slightly different mintage, it is possible that some individual coins were sold to centennial celebrants. It is also highly probable that a larger number of minor proof coins were minted, possibly as many as 2,000 examples of each denomination.

    Cent PR63 Red and Brown. The obverse is light copper-yellow and green-gold with elements of salmon and violet, while the reverse has richer orange coloration. This charmingly toned Select piece shows a contact mark on Liberty's cheek, and a handful of hairlines are visible when the fields are closely inspected.

    Three Cent Nickel PR64 Cameo. Occasional faint nickel-gray and blue elements visit gleaming fields that are otherwise brilliant. The portrait is richly frosted, and both sides show stronger contrast than the typical "Cameo" example of this issue has to offer.

    Shield Nickel PR65 Cameo. Green-gold toning visits most of each side, with elements of nickel-gray, sage, and olive also present. The toning highlights the coin's cameo effect; rather than dulling the contrast, the patina lets the strongly mirrored fields stand out from the sharply struck devices.

    Dime PR66 Cameo.
    Frosted snow-white devices and gleaming silver-white mirrors are the immediate attractions of this Cameo Premium Gem, and the scattered dots of gold and violet peripheral toning enhance the coin's essential contrast. Crisply struck and carefully preserved.

    Twenty Cent PR65.
    A colorful Gem specimen of the second and last twenty cent proof date paired with a business strike. The obverse is split between electric-blue and green-gold color, while the reverse has bold royal-blue toning with violet and mint-green accents. Through the deep patina, a modicum of contrast persists.

    Quarter PR65 Cameo.
    A hint of gold-orange toning at the left obverse rim adds a touch of color to this starkly contrasted Gem. Both sides have lovely fields, slightly watery on the obverse with more direct reflectivity on the reverse.

    Half Dollar PR64. Both sides show considerable contrast, with the obverse distinctly Cameo in appearance, though this specimen's mint-accented gray-gold toning is deeper on the reverse, muting the effect there. Strongly mirrored fields show a few faint hairlines and points of contact.

    Trade Dollar PR64. Type One Obverse, Type Two Reverse. Rich gold-gray toning overall with patches of deeper umber and blue. A few shallow flaws hidden beneath the toning preclude Gem status, but the eye appeal is strong for the grade.
    From The Boca Collection, Part One.


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

    View all of [The Boca Collection, Part I ]

    Auction Info

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