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    Highly Attractive 1941 Proof Set
    All Coins PR65 or Better

    1941 5-Piece Proof Set NGC. The Philadelphia Mint produced 15,287 five-coin proof sets in 1941, each containing the five denominations that were in production, from the cent to the half dollar. Actually, each denomination had a different mintage, ranging from the figure above (the proof quarter mintage), up to 21,100 proof Lincoln cents. Examples of all denominations can be acquired without difficult in nearly any desired grade up to PR67 or even PR68. However, the collector who seeks examples with full or partial cameo contrast will face an extremely difficult challenge. Such coins are major rarities in the field of 20th century numismatics.
    Many 1941 proof coins are struck from overpolished dies. David Lange explains in The Complete Guide to Mercury Dimes: "The proofs of 1941 seem to have been made with a little less care than those from the years immediately preceding. The spike in sales this year may have caught the Mint by surprise, as there is a noticeably higher instance of over polished dies for the 1941 proofs ... this careless die work is symptomatic of 1941 proofs in general."
    The most famous of those poorly made pieces from overpolished dies is the 1941 half dollar variety that lacks the designer's initials on the reverse. An informal review of our Permanent Auction Archives reveals that about 75% of proof 1941 half dollars are missing the AW monogram.

    1941 One Cent PR65 Red.
    Brilliant coppery-gold color dominates both sides, blushed with a couple splashes of light red, more so on the obverse. A solid strike leaves bold definition on the design motifs. Devoid of contact marks, with a small toning spot above the 4 in the date.

    1941 Five Cent PR66.
    Tints of orange-gold on the luminous surfaces show up under magnification. A powerful strike leaves sharp definition on the design elements, including six full steps below Monticello's pillars. Additionally, excellent delineation occurs between the pillar bases and the top step. Both sides are completely devoid of noticeable marks.

    1941 Ten Cent PR67.
    Full brilliance greets the observer of this magnificent Superb Gem and an exacting strike emboldens the design features on each side. Close examination reveals no marks or spots of any kind. In sum, this piece generates imposing eye appeal.

    1941 Twenty Five Cent PR66.
    Whispers of peripheral golden-orange patina are a bit more extensive and deeper in hue on the obverse of this Premium Gem quarter. Well preserved surfaces exhibit impressively struck design elements.

    1941 No "AW" Fifty Cent PR66.
    This coin is one of the 75% of 1941 proof half dollars lacking the AW monogram. Walter Breen, in his Proof encyclopedia, contends that these are all from the same working die which had been repolished or lapped, "probably to obliterate clash marks."
    This fully brilliant Premium Gem exhibits crisply defined design motifs. Close inspection reveals no marks on its impeccably preserved surfaces. Interestingly, this piece shows a small degree of field-device variance on the obverse when the coin is tilted slightly under a light source.
    From The Boca Collection, Part One.


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

    View all of [The Boca Collection, Part I ]

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