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    1880 Seven-Piece Proof Set, PR65-PR67+ ★
    Exceptional Quality, All NCG-Certified

    1880 $1 Seven-Piece Proof Set, PR65-PR67+ ★ NGC. This seven-piece set is original and uniformly well-preserved. Included are:

    Cent PR65 Red and Brown. The fields are deeply mirrored and serve to backlight the incredible emerald-green and original cherry-red color seen over each side. Full, intricate strike details are seen over all the design elements.

    Three Cent Nickel PR66. Generously minted in proof format, but very rare as a strike for circulation. Close examination with a loupe reveals iridescent rose, sea-green, and lilac interspersed over each side. The mirrored fields are definitely there, but subdued by the layers of color. Fully detailed and struck from heavily lapped dies, as seen on the lower reverse.

    Shield Nickel PR65. Always popular as a proof because of the low production of business strikes this year. Toned similarly to the three cent nickel in blended shades of rose and lilac, also showing shallowly mirrored fields. An irregularly shaped planchet lamination is noted by the star at 3 o'clock.

    Seated Dime PR66. The deep mirrors in the fields are covered by rich cobalt-blue and rose toning that lightens to pinkish-brilliance around the margins. A few carbon spots are located above ONE on the reverse but are mostly concealed by the toning.

    Seated Quarter PR67 ★ Cameo. The level of preservation is very high, as one would expect from such a superior grade designation. As with the coins above, the main colors are pinkish-rose and blue. In this case, though, the center of the obverse is pinkish-rose and the margin is ringed by blue. The reverse shows the same color scheme but lacks the intensity of color in the center. Low total-mintage date with 1,355 proofs produced and 13,600 circulation strikes.

    Seated Half PR65 Cameo. Similarly toned to the quarter, but the center of each side shows a small circle of brilliance. The strike is pinpoint-sharp throughout, and the only contact marks (well concealed by the toning) are located in the right obverse field.

    Morgan Dollar PR67+ ★ . This is a spectacular proof dollar. The quality and value of this piece alone will undoubtedly persuade the successful bidder to acquire the entire set, even if the only coin of interest is the dollar. The centers are brilliant with substantially more on the reverse, then successive rings of rose-russet and cobalt-blue complete the color scheme. We do not see any mentionable contact marks, but there is an interesting chrysanthemum-shaped cluster of lint marks between RI on the reverse. Exceptional quality.


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

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2017
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