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    Desirable 1908 Proof Set Featuring
    PR66 Cameo 1908 Dime

    1908 Five-Piece Proof Set NGC. The 1908 proof mintage is recorded at 1,620 pieces for the Indian cent and Liberty nickel, along with 545 each of the Barber dime, quarter dollar, and half dollar. The proof Indian cents are, of course, the next-to-last in the series, and although a lower-mintage date, when found they are apt to be well struck and attractive. The Bowers Guide Book calls 1908 proof Liberty nickels "among the rarest in the series. When found, they are usually attractive. Pristine, undipped Proofs of this era often have delicate, bluish toning, probably from the tissue-paper wrappers in which they were housed when sold by the Mint."
    The 1908 proof Barber dime is one of the rarest in the series in high grades, due to the low original production. Most examples are fully struck. The 1908 Barber quarter and half dollar, both of which had a mintage of only 545 proofs (the same as for the dime), were saved in only average quality when compared to other proof issues with larger productions. Cameo and Deep/Ultra Cameo examples, however, are quite rare and seldom encountered.

    1908 Cent PR65 Brown. Bewitching violet and blue overtones are core to the eye appeal of this wonderful Gem specimen. While the dominant color is chocolate-brown, appreciable faded orange can be found at the obverse margins. Decisively struck and thoroughly appealing with excellent surface quality for the grade.

    1908 Nickel PR64 Cameo. Rather than the aforementioned blue, this specimen shows faint champagne and sea-green overtones, with a small streak of deeper color starting in the left obverse field and traveling through Liberty's hair, almost to her coronet. Sharply struck with only a few tiny flaws in the fields that preclude an even finer designation.

    1908 Dime PR66 Cameo. The star attraction of the lot, this Cameo Premium Gem proof dime combines outstanding contrast, a rarity for the issue, and high overall surface quality. The frost on Liberty's portrait is particularly noteworthy, sparkling and silver-white. The exquisitely detailed reverse also shows readily appreciable contrast, though the intensity of the mirrors plays more of a role on that side. Hints of green-gold peripheral toning add color to the piece. NGC has graded only 14 Cameo examples of this issue, with none as Ultra Cameo; this is one of two PR66 Cameo coins with four Cameo examples finer (10/09).

    1908 Quarter PR62. The patina is the most rewarding facet of this well-mirrored proof Barber quarter. The margins show a mix of green-gold, orange, and plum shadings, with the former two colors more prominent on the obverse and the latter heavily represented on the reverse. Lightly hairlined in the fields with a few wispy slide marks on the cheek, which combine to account for the grade.

    1908 Half PR65. A melange of rose, violet, blue, and gold-orange shadings embraces each side of this delightful Gem proof. The reverse shows an appreciable degree of frost on the eagle, which suggests that that side must have shown considerable contrast once. Overall, a gorgeous and pleasingly preserved specimen that shows no overt distractions.
    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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