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    Sensational 1879 Minor and Silver Proof Set

    1879 1C Proof Set NGC. Indian Cent. PR65 Red. Sharply struck with attractively blended light orange and reddish pink mint color. This is a sharply struck Gem with moderately deep reflectivity in the mirrored fields. The devices show a light amount of satiny luster.
    Three cent nickel. PR67. This is a sharply struck and gorgeous Gem of Superb quality. The surfaces have light nickel-gray color with a distinct blue cast. The obverse has satiny luster in the fields with lightly contrasting devices. The reverse is somewhat more reflective with similar contrast.
    Shield Nickel. PR67. 1879/8 overdate. Like the three cent piece in this set, the Shield nickel has satiny luster and light contrast. Just a hint of pale gold toning is visible at the borders. This is a proof-only overdate variety, one of few such coins in all of American numismatics.
    Seated Liberty Dime. PR68. What an alluring coin this is with its pale lilac and blue coloration on the obverse. The reverse has faint orange toning at the center, gradually changing to blue, green, and iridescent colors near the border. The current NGC Census Data shows three examples of this date certified as Proof-68. This is likely not representative of the population as we suspect less than three coins are involved.
    Seated Liberty Quarter. PR67 Cameo. This is a lovely example with outstanding eye appeal. The obverse has silver coloration at the center, gradually changing to gold, lilac, and sea-green along the border around the entire coin. The reverse is primarily brilliant with just a touch of gold and iridescent toning at the border. Excellent cameo contrast with sharp design definition, deeply mirrored fields, and lustrous devices. The NGC Census indicates three examples certified as Proof-67 Cameo with none finer.
    Seated Liberty Half Dollar. PR68. An outrageous example of this issue with full design details on both sides, down to every individual hair strand on Liberty's head and each individual feather detail on the eagle. The obverse is lightly toned with mostly brilliant proof surfaces enhanced by light gold, lilac, and blue toning, more intense near the borders. The reverse is deeply toned sea-green, heather, and iridescent color. Considerable cameo contrast is visible, despite not being designated as such. NGC has certified three examples as Proof-68 with one additional coin designated as a Cameo.
    Morgan Silver Dollar. PR68. This dollar possesses the classic look of old-time Proof Morgans. The obverse has an area of bright silver to the left from Liberty's ear, across her entire profile, as if a spotlight were on her face with on an otherwise dark stage. The fields have lovely heather, sea-green, and hazel toning. The reverse is quite similar with a nearly circular silver area surrounded by similar toning. This is another deeply mirrored example with light cameo contrast. NGC has certified five of these with an additional Proof-68 Cameo and a further Proof-68 Cameo Star.
    Trade Dollar. PR67. This is a Proof-only issue, and a Superb Gem example, a coin seldom seen this nice. The obverse has deeply reflective fields, considerable cameo contrast, and a ring of rainbow toning around the border. The reverse is deeply and attractively toned with silvery gray, lilac, sea-green, and iridescent colors. A splendid example.
    This is one of the nicest 1879 Proof sets that has come on the market in recent years. Seldom does such an opportunity present itself, and if you hesitate in your bidding, you may never forgive yourself for letting this set get away.(#2326) (Registry values: N1793)


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

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2004
    4th-6th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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