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    Attractive Eight-Piece 1882 Proof Set
    All Pieces PR64 or Finer

    Eight-Piece 1882 Proof Set NGC. Low mintages for business strike coins continued in 1882 as over the past several years; and in fact, this year marked a series low for half dollar coinage with only 4,400 pieces struck (a mintage that was duplicated two years later). The shortage of circulating coins of this year was noted in the June issue of Mason's Coin Collectors' Magazine:

    "The year 1882 is creeping on towards the end, and yet there are no U.S. silver half dollars, quarters or dimes coined for general circulation this year, and it is not likely there will be, and but a few thousand struck off for collectors in December; hence, the reflective collector will perceive the necessity of keeping the matter in mind, else he will pay twice the intrinsic value of the coins in January, 1883, when they can be had at par in December, 1882."

    For most contemporary collectors, proofs were the only alternative for coinage dated 1882. Breen states that some 2,000 minor proof sets were sold separately, and another 1,100 minor coin sets were included with the silver proof sets.

    Cent PR64 Red. Vibrant copper-gold surfaces show lovely lemon and orange accents. A strongly struck specimen that is immensely appealing for the grade, though a few flecks are visible and a handful of hairlines preclude an even finer designation.

    Three Cent Nickel PR66.
    Strong gold and peach overtones influence the small areas of nickel-gray still visible on this lovely Premium Gem. Well-defined overall with only slight softness on Liberty's hair. Surface quality is excellent, as is the visual appeal.

    Five Cent Nickel PR66.
    The obverse alone would be a strong candidate for a Cameo designation, but the green-gold toning that graces much of that side becomes thicker on the reverse. Solid design definition, including on the often-weak reverse stars.

    Dime PR64.
    A gleaming near-Gem specimen with surprisingly strong contrast for a coin not designated as Cameo. The centers are essentially silver-white, while the margins show elements of blue, gold, and violet. On the reverse, a few small contact marks are scattered among the widespread planchet flaws.

    Quarter PR65 Cameo.
    Incredible mirrors fuel this Gem's classic Cameo look, heightening the texture on the attractively frosted devices. Both sides exhibit a light golden peripheral aura, which extends slightly into the fields on the reverse.

    Half Dollar PR64 Cameo.
    Both sides show a progression from silver-white to champagne color, generally top to bottom on the obverse and right to left on the reverse. Strongly struck with slightly watery fields that show a handful of faint hairlines.

    Morgan Dollar PR64 Cameo.
    Gold and orange patina of varying intensity visits the margins of this gleaming near-Gem, while the centers are minimally toned save for suggestions of cloud-gray color. Sharply struck with a bold cameo effect.

    Trade Dollar PR65.
    A colorful Gem that retains its sense of frostiness on the devices, and though the deep patina (variously violet, gold-gray, rose-orange, and blue) obscures most of the fields, the lighter areas hint at the piece's past contrast. Excellent preservation and eye appeal.
    From The Boca Collection, Part One.

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

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