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    Quality Five-Piece 1906 Proof Set
    All Coins PR64 or Finer

    Five-Piece 1906 Proof Set NGC. There were 1,725 two-coin minor proof sets made in this year containing the Indian Head cent and Liberty nickel. The Indian cents are seldom seen with full Red color, although Cameo coins are more available than previously. The proof Liberty nickels are usually sharply struck with deep mirrors.
    A smallish 675 minor silver proof sets were struck, containing the Barber dime, quarter, and half dollar. As is the case with most post-1902 proof coinage, relatively few Barber proofs of the year, of any denomination, show appreciable field-device contrast. Even those certified as Cameo are usually not heavily contrasted, which makes the dime in the present set all the more special. Of course, no Morgan dollars in proof (or any other) format had been produced since 1904.
    The cent and nickel proofs of the mid-1900s, despite their relatively low mintages, are nonetheless always available for a price, no doubt due to greater survival rates compared to proof coinage from earlier decades. The proof coinage of this year featured four coins bearing two of the same uninspired designs by Charles Barber that had lingered for decades. But great change was in the wind, in the form of wholesale coinage design, first plotted out in 1905, that would commence in 1907; ironically, this change, which is widely praised today, would turn collectors even more firmly from proofs bearing the Barber design and contribute to the first cessation of proof sets in 1916.

    Cent PR64 Brown. At first glance, this piece appears completely Brown, with dusky mahogany and umber shadings dominant. At certain angles, however, the surfaces come alive, and rich copper-orange and pumpkin hues appear, as well as violet-magenta accents at the reverse rims. A handful of faint hairlines in the fields contribute to the grade.

    Nickel PR65.
    A lightly toned Gem proof that shares its patina with a number of other nickels in this collection, with pale green-gold outer toning that gives way to delicate lavender-blue in the centers. Sharply struck with considerable charm and potent mirrors that bring the colors to life.

    Dime PR66 Cameo.
    As noted above, Cameo examples of the proof 1906 dime are elusive, and often weakly contrasted by the standards of past years. This specimen seems like a remarkable throwback, with crisp delineation between the frost of the devices and the clear and striking mirrors. A whisper of golden peripheral toning completes the eye appeal. Census: 5 in 66 Cameo, 6 finer (11/09).

    Quarter PR66.
    While not designated as a Cameo by NGC, this Premium Gem quarter nonetheless offers appreciable field-to-device contrast. The mirrors are strong with a touch of champagne close to the rims, and the boldly impressed devices are faintly frosted, which creates a pleasing effect.

    Half Dollar PR66.
    Like the quarter, the half dollar shows a degree of contrast, particularly on the obverse, but not at the Cameo level. Light green-gold rim toning takes on an added orange element at the lower reverse. A captivating specimen with undeniable eye appeal. For the contrast category, Census: 31 in 66, 23 finer (11/09).
    From The Boca Collection, Part One.

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

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