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    Exquisite 1939 Silver-Minor Proof Set
    All Coins PR66 Or Finer

    1939 5-Piece Proof Set NGC. There was only a slight increase in the number of proof sets from the previous year. The quarter had the lowest number of pieces struck with only 8,795 coins. This limits the number of possible proof sets to the quarter's mintage, but since proof coins could be ordered from the Mint singly the actual number of sets is certainly less than this figure. The only scarce variant in the 1939 proof set is the nickel. The hub was changed in 1939, and proof nickels were struck from both the Reverse of 1938 and the Reverse of 1940. The Reverse of 1938 shows Monticello with the so-called "Wavy Steps." The hub of 1940 has straight steps and shows a heavier and thicker top step. The Reverse of 1940 nickels are much scarcer than their Reverse of 1938 counterparts. As with all years from 1936 through 1942, proofs are seldom seen with any degree of contrast between the fields and devices.

    1939 One Cent PR66 Red.
    David Bowers writes in his Guide Book of Lincoln Cents that while 1939 proof cents are "readily available ... pristine undipped gems are in the minority." The fully Red Premium Gem housed in this set qualifies as one of the minority that Bowers alludes to. Its brilliant coppery-orange surfaces are imbued with hints of light green and are devoid of mentionable contact marks or spots. A decisive strike leaves shaper definition on the design elements. This piece exudes phenomenal overall eye appeal.

    1939 Reverse of 1938 Five Cent PR66.
    The "waviness" of Monticello's steps identifies the 1938 Reverse discussed in the introductory section. This Premium Gem is noteworthy in that it is very well struck, displaying about 5 1/2 steps. David Bowers notes in A Guide Book of Buffalo and Jefferson Nickels that Reverse of 1938 proof nickels with 5 full steps are "scarce" and those with 6 full steps are "very rare." Additionally, hues of delicate bluish-violet, beige-gold, and lilac patina drapes the impeccably preserved surfaces on both sides. Truly an exceptional coin in all respects.

    1939 Ten Cent PR67.
    While this Superb Gem appears color free with the unaided eye, magnification brings out a melange of soft ice-blue, violet, and gold patination. A powerful strike imparts bold definition to the design features and luminous surfaces reveal exquisite preservation.

    1939 Twenty Five Cent PR67.
    An assemblage of powder-blue, beige-gold, and violet coloration adorns bright surfaces on both sides of this lovely Superb Gem quarter, each of which has been well cared for. All of the design elements are well brought up.

    1939 Fifty Cent PR66.
    Both sides of this Premium Gem half dollar display full brilliance that appears to reach out to the observer. The only discernible color is a handful of light violet freckles in the reverse fields, and an impressive strike leaves crisp delineation on the design features. A few minuscule ticks are of no consequence.
    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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