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    Six-Piece 1895 Proof Set, PR65 to PR67
    Includes a PR67 Cameo 1895 Morgan Dollar

    1895 Proof Set, Cent to Dollar, PR65 to PR67 NGC. The set includes:
    1895 Indian Cent PR65 Red and Brown NGC. This boldly struck Gem displays orange-gold when rotated beneath a light. The borders exhibit violet-red and forest-green. An unabraded specimen with minimal obverse carbon and only a few tiny flecks on the reverse.
    1895 Liberty Nickel PR65 Cameo NGC. A razor-sharp Gem that provides noticeable contrast between the glassy fields and the frosted motifs. The undisturbed surfaces possess light streaks of golden-brown toning. The cheek has a pair of tiny spots. Census: 18 in 65 Cameo, 5 finer (11/08).
    1895 Barber Dime PR66 Cameo NGC. Icy devices display dramatic contrast with the flashy fields. Precisely struck and close to brilliant with exemplary preservation. Only 880 proofs were struck, the same mintage as the other silver pieces within the present set. Census: 17 in 66 Cameo, 13 finer (11/08).
    1895 Barber Quarter PR66 NGC. A fully struck and flawless Premium Gem that should please even the most demanding collector. Untoned aside from a few russet freckles on the cheek. A raised lintmark (as made) is noted southwest of Liberty's eye, a diagnostic for proofs of this date. Census: 34 in 66, 38 finer (11/08).
    1895 Barber Half PR66 Cameo NGC. This magnificent Premium Gem nearly merits an Ultra Cameo designation, since both legends and devices offer consistent thick mint frost. The mirrored fields are virtually devoid of hairlines, and the strike is penetrating, even on the fletchings and shield corners. Census: 18 in 66 Cameo, 19 finer (11/08).
    1895 Morgan Dollar PR67 Cameo NGC. Ex: South Beach Collection. The Philadelphia mint coined 12,000 business strike Morgan Dollars in 1895--at least that's what the official government records say. To date, collectors have failed to confirm the existence of a single business strike 1895-P Morgan Dollar. Although well known to specialists, we repeat here two of the more popular theories surrounding this phantasmal business strike issue:
    1. The 12,000 coins reported in the Philadelphia mint ledger could have represented the last of the 1894-dated coins delivered to the chief coiner.
    2. Twelve bags of business strike 1895 Dollars could have been produced, yet retained in federal vaults until they were destroyed after passage of the Pittman Act in 1918.
    Perhaps we will never know whether or not the Philadelphia mint produced business strike Dollars in 1895, or, if it did, what happened to the coins. What we do know for certain is that Morgan Dollar specialists will need to acquire a survivor of the 880-pieces proof production in order to have a representative of the 1895-P.
    Among the finest specimens that we have offered in recent years, this Superb Gem displays delicate champagne rim accents around otherwise untoned features. The glassy fields and boldly impressed devices are equally free of grade-limiting blemishes. Noticeable contrast is evident on both sides and this factor easily warrants a Cameo designation. We anticipate strong bidder demand for this carefully preserved and appealing proof.
    Census: 11 in 67 Cameo, 7 finer (11/08).
    Ex: South Beach Collection (Heritage, 1/2005), lot 30373.
    See: Video Lot Description(Registry values: N7079)


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

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
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