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    Wonderful 1884 Proof Set, NGC Certified

    1884 7-Piece Proof Set NGC. Mint records indicate that 3,942 proofs of each minor denomination were struck in 1884, alongside 875 proofs of each silver denomination. Proof Trade dollars were officially discontinued the previous year, so this set includes a Morgan dollar as do most sets. There are 10 proof 1884 Trade dollars known, but those coins were made under speculative circumstances.

    1884 Cent PR66* Brown. A delightful Premium Gem proof, this piece has a blend of chestnut, sea-green, pale yellow, and light orange toning on the obverse, with deeper blue, violet, and lime-green on the reverse. The fields are nicely mirrored around frosty and boldly defined devices. NGC Census: 3 in 66* Brown, 5 finer (12/09).

    1884 Three Cent Nickel PR66 Cameo. The 1880s three cent pieces are infrequently found with such excellent contrast between the fields and devices, primarily because most of the proofs were poorly made with little mirrored surface. This piece is a wonderful exception. It is a fully brilliant Premium Gem proof with wisps of champagne toning. The fields are deeply mirrored and the sharply detailed devices are highly lustrous. NGC Census: 42 in PR66 Cameo, 18 finer (12/09).

    1884 Five Cent PR63. This is the only piece in the present set that is below Gem quality, and its grade is the result of slightly subdued proof surfaces and minor spots. Both sides are sharply detailed with deep gold and iridescent toning.

    1884 Dime PR65. Each of the silver coins in this 1884 proof set are nicely matched. This Gem proof has excellent contrast beneath its deep toning. The fields are fully mirrored around lustrous devices. The obverse exhibits deep heather and pale blue toning, while the reverse is deeper blue-green with peripheral light yellow.

    1884 Quarter PR66. A stunning Premium Gem proof, this piece has fully mirrored fields and frosty devices beneath gorgeous emerald-green, cobalt-blue, and magenta toning. NGC Census: 36 in PR66, 18 finer (12/09).

    1884 Half Dollar PR65. This boldly detailed Gem proof has mostly violet-gray and sea-green toning on each side with a splash of lighter silver on the reverse. Some contrast between the fields and devices remains evident beneath the toning. NGC Census: 30 in PR65, 19 finer (12/09).

    1884 Morgan Dollar PR66. This beautiful Premium Gem proof is boldly struck with excellent field/device contrast. The obverse has violet, amber, pale blue, and light green toning, while the reverse is mostly sea-green and gold. NGC Census: 18 in PR66, 3 finer (12/09).


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

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