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    Pleasing 1952 Proof Set, PR66 and Up

    Five-Piece 1952 Proof Set NGC. From 1951 to 1952, proof set production increased early 50%, from 57,500 sets in 1951 to 81,980 sets in 1952. This began an era of exponential growth for proof set mintages: strikings gained at least 50% year-on-year from 1952 to 1957, which was the first year the Mint issued more than a million proof sets.
    This rapid development coincided with the middle years of the American "baby boom," and it is not hard to imagine that the tradition of purchasing proof sets for newborns and for children's birthdays became widespread during this time. Whether this or another factor is responsible, it is indisputable that the proofs of 1952, whether singly or in sets, are the most accessible of any up to that time, and with only one further interruption, the years from 1965 to 1967, the story of U.S. proof coinage has been continuous ever since.

    Cent PR66 Red. Pale copper color overall with just a touch of deeper gold-orange present at the rims. A sharp Premium Gem proof.

    Nickel PR67.
    The green-gold toning present on each side is peripheral on the obverse with greater field coverage on the reverse. This Superb Gem has impressively mirrored fields.

    Dime PR67.
    Glimpses of gold and pale cloud-white peripheral toning give way to nearly brilliant centers. Boldly impressed and attractive.

    Quarter PR67.
    Golden toning at the margins shows small dots of sage, while the centers are minimally patinated. Great eye appeal.

    Half Dollar PR67 Cameo.
    This Superb Gem's eye appeal is greatly enhanced by its moderate contrast. Both Franklin's portrait and the Liberty Bell show ample frost, and the coin's intermittent green-gold peripheral toning does not interfere with the effect in the slightest. A coin that heralds the greater incidence of Cameo proofs in the following years.
    From The Boca Collection, Part One.


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

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