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    Nine-Piece 1867 Proof Set
    Cent to Half Dime, Quarter to Dollar

    Nine-Piece 1867 Proof Set NGC. As was the case with most years during and immediately after the Civil War, the minor and silver proof sets mirror each others' mintages, in this case with official production of 625 pieces per denomination. Also in keeping with the trend, the actual output of proof minor sets was higher than the official number, though to what extent is not completely known.
    The five cent nickel denomination, first struck for circulation (and official proof sets) in 1866, had its first redesign the next year, when the rays between the reverse stars were removed. No Rays pieces vastly outnumber With Rays coins in both the proof and the business strike populations. The change must have come early in the year.
    Circumstantial evidence comes from Walter Breen: in his Proof Encyclopedia, Breen claimed that most of the silver proof sets of 1867 were delivered in February and March, with a final delivery of 100 sets in June. Breen also notes that the 1867 proof set in the Smithsonian holdings "contains only the nickel without rays, though it was obtained from the Coiner March 7." Similarly, the proof set offered here, like the vast majority of sets from the year, contains a No Rays five cent coin.

    Note: This set contains nine pieces. The dime is absent.

    Cent PR65 Red and Brown Cameo. The copper-gold obverse offers distinct contrast despite the dots of mint-green and brown visiting that side. The reverse, while a deeper copper-orange color overall, offers a cameo effect of similar strength. Carefully preserved and attractive.

    Two Cent PR64 Red and Brown.
    Similar copper-gold color to the cent, also with patches of the deeper orange that fade into mahogany on this example. Modestly contrasted with appreciable strength of mirrors.

    Three Cent Silver PR63.
    The Select grade does not reflect the eye appeal of this lovely trime. Though PR63 might be accurate in a technical sense, owing to a scattering of hairlines and contact, the surfaces are awash in utterly charming blue-green and olive-gold patina.

    Three Cent Nickel PR66 Cameo.
    Unusually bold and eye-catching contrast defines the eye appeal of this Premium Gem. Thickly frosted devices are well struck and snowy, though a halo of peripheral green-gold on each side precludes an absolute black-and-white effect.

    Five Cent Nickel, No Rays PR63.
    The obverse is primarily nickel-white with an echo of golden patina along IN GOD WE TRUST and the lower rim. The reverse is closer to pearl-gray with green-gold overtones.

    Half Dime PR64 Cameo.
    Liquid green-gold peripheral elements give way to gorgeous silver-white color at the centers. Strongly contrasted with the frost over Liberty particularly noteworthy.

    Dime not present.

    Quarter PR64 Cameo. A boldly contrasted piece like the half dime, minimally toned save for a suggestion of the same green-gold in the fields. Well-defined in the centers but slightly soft on the stars at right.

    Half Dollar PR63.
    Though not labeled as Cameo, this coin could make a case for the designation, though the obverse is stronger in that respect than the reverse. Both sides show dappled violet, blue, and green-gold peripheral color; while this gives way to an almost black-and-white center on the obverse, the reverse has toning over the eagle as well.

    Seated Dollar PR65 Cameo.
    Elegant champagne patina over most of each side, with a window of powder-blue below the eagle's beak and down across the wing to the space beneath the olive branch. Intensely mirrored with no-questions contrast and excellent preservation for this Motto Seated dollar issue. Census: 11 in 65 Cameo, 12 finer.
    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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    January, 2010
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