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    1878 Nine-Piece Proof Set Including Trade Dollar
    and 8 Tailfeathers Morgan Dollar

    1878 Minor Coinage and Silver Proof Set, PR64 to PR67 NGC. The year 1878 was a watershed in U.S. numismatics, one in which the requirement to produce millions of Morgan dollars under the Bland-Allison Act largely precluded other considerations. Morgans began with a bang, while twenty cents ended with a whimper. This set includes four proof-only issues--three cent nickel, Shield nickel, twenty cent, and Trade dollar--along with a first-year proof 8 Tailfeathers Morgan dollar. The set comprises:

    1878 Cent PR66 Red.
    Rich copper-orange color with minimal duskiness on each side. The central devices show glimpses of frostiness, although the contrast is slight. From a recorded proof mintage of 2,350 pieces, same as the other minor coins of the year. Census: 6 in 66 Red, 1 finer (2/09).

    1878 Three Cent Nickel PR66.
    Strong mirrors with dabs of golden toning on each side. A great example of this popular proof-only issue. NGC has certified 18 numerically finer (2/09).

    1878 Shield Nickel PR67 Cameo.
    Minimally toned with strong contrast and moderate mirrors on this proof-only issue. Although the 1878 is one of the higher-mintage proof issues for the design, the lack of a business strike counterpart, like the three cent nickel, has made it highly desirable to modern-day collectors. Census: 3 in 7 Cameo, 0 finer (2/09).

    1878 Seated Dime PR65.
    Light golden tints grace the obverse, while the reverse has a dusky crescent at the right rim. Both sides show appreciable contrast, although no Cameo designation is present. From a recorded proof emission of 800 pieces. Census: 25 in 65, 11 finer (2/09).

    1878 Twenty Cent PR66.
    Amazing mirrors with significant contrast and little patina. Despite the lack of a Cameo designation, this coin has a strong "look" and should be considered a prize. The last year of the ill-fated denomination, and a proof-only production recorded at 600 pieces. Census: 24 in 66, 2 finer (2/09).

    1878 Seated Quarter PR65 Cameo.
    The Cameo designation is absolutely deserved. A vibrant black-and-white specimen, this coin is carefully preserved overall, though minor contact is noted in the right obverse field. Census: 5 in 65 Cameo, 6 finer (2/09).

    1878 Seated Half PR64.
    Minimally toned with appreciable contrast but no Cameo designation on the holder. A few faint hairlines are visible in the fields, but the eye appeal remains strong. Census: 63 in 64, 36 finer (2/09).

    1878 Trade Dollar PR64 Cameo.
    Strong cameo contrast is a hallmark of this Trade dollar, from a proof-only issue of 900 pieces. Untoned save for reddish-orange at parts of the margins. Census: 14 in 64 Cameo, 28 finer (2/09).

    1878 Morgan Dollar 8TF PR65.
    An excellent Gem from the first proof issue among Morgan dollars, before the reverse design was revised. Subtle golden patina at the rims complements the lightly frosted devices. Census: 21 in 65, 9 finer (2/09).
    From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.

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

    View all of [The Joseph C. Thomas Collection, Part One ]

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    Apr-May, 2009
    29th-3rd Wednesday-Sunday
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