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    Prized 1907 Five-Piece Proof Set
    Featuring PR68 ★ Cameo Quarter

    1907 Five-Piece Proof Set NGC. The five lower-denomination proof coins of 1907 consisted of the Indian cent and Liberty nickel, produced to the extent of 1,475 pieces each, and the Barber dime through half dollar, totaling 575 examples of each. Many of the proof 1907 cents are found with prominent die-polishing lines. The Liberty nickel issue is the lowest proof mintage of the entire series. This low production most likely reflects collector disenchantment with the staid and long-running series more than possible effects of the financial Panic of 1907. Bowers' Liberty nickel Guide Book notes that "quality of striking and appearance can vary widely among 1907 nickels in both circulation strikes and Proofs." The production figures on the three Barber silver proof coins are consistent with other proof issues of the 1900s, although proof mintages would plummet in 1914 and 1915 as the series' end approached.
    Although it did not affect the minor denominations (yet), the introduction of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens-designed twenty and ten dollar gold pieces in 1907 would usher in a new (and unfortunately all too short-lived) era of artistic excellence in U.S. coinage, one that would extend to all denominations in the ensuing decade and a half. Saint-Gaudens would not live to see it, however, succumbing to cancer on August 3 without ever seeing his masterpieces in circulation. It fell to his artistic heirs to carry the torch, distinguished artists such as Bela Pratt, James Earle Fraser, Victor David Brenner, Adolph Weinman, and Hermon MacNeil.

    Cent PR64 Brown. Strong violet and blue overtones are immediately eye-catching, but this coin also sports salmon hues on the obverse and considerable faded copper-orange on the reverse. Sharply struck with bright luster and undeniable eye appeal despite the faint hairlines that preclude a finer designation.

    Nickel PR64 Cameo. This coin's considerable contrast is unusual, though not unheard-of. Hints of gold and blue patina visit the strongly mirrored fields, while the frosted devices show less toning. A handful of tiny contact marks are present in the portrait area.

    Dime PR62. While the obverse shows a clear cameo effect, the reverse has more muted contrast, due to light silver-gray toning that shows a tendency to green-gold near the rims. The portrait side has more vibrant color at the margins, as well as considerable frost on the devices. Close inspection reveals a few wispy slide marks.

    Quarter PR68 ★ Cameo. The most prominent piece in the set, this quarter offers simply breathtaking eye appeal, with its strong contrast only one component. The fields are powerfully mirrored beneath dappled champagne and gold-orange patina that lets in occasional hints of bright silver-white. Exquisitely preserved and instantly memorable.

    Half PR66 Cameo. Of the three Barber coins in this lot, the half comes the closest to brilliance in the fields, though a touch of silver-gray toning is present. Both portrait and eagle are amply frosted, an uncommon state for this largest denomination. On the reverse, the right (facing) wing shows the effects of overzealous die polishing, with a row of inner feathers lost.
    From The Boca Collection, Part One.


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

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    January, 2010
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