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    Captivating 1905 Five-Piece Proof Set
    NGC Certified

    1905 Five-Piece Proof Set NGC. Although the minor and silver proof sets of this year contain no Morgan dollar and neither the cent nor nickel changed one iota, proof coinage showed considerably larger mintages than in the previous year. There were 2,152 sets made containing the Indian cent and Liberty nickel, along with 727 silver three-coin sets of the Barber dime through half dollar. The proof Indian cents of this year are still fairly common in the market today, many showing striations from die polishing.
    In his Proof Encyclopedia, Walter Breen remarked concerning the dime that "the peculiar marks within the 5 on proofs and on unc. examples of all mints are not evidence of overdate; they are characteristics of the date logotype made for the year." Bowers' Guide Book of Shield and Liberty Nickels comments that "proofs have deeply mirrored fields and are usually well struck and attractive."
    The proof Barber half is a popular issue, occasionally substituting for the low-mintage 1905 business strike, produced to the extent of only 662,000 coins.

    1905 Cent PR65 Red and Brown. The design elements are well-defined, indicating a sharp strike, with only slight merging of details in the tips of some feathers in the headdress. The reflective, mirrored fields combine with satiny devices to create excellent eye appeal. Only the slightest mellowing of the original orange mint color prevents a full Red designation to this lovely Gem.

    1905 Nickel PR66. A bold strike is confirmed through the intricate details on both sides. Only slight weakness is noted left of the ribbon bow, although the ear of corn is sharp. Full and deeply mirrored fields surround satiny, lustrous devices, resulting in excellent contrast, although insufficient for a Cameo designation. This Premium Gem is untoned with brilliant nickel-gray surfaces. NGC Census: 64; 23 finer (10/09).

    The Barber dime, quarter, and half dollar in this 1905 proof set have exceptional cameo contrast, and they also exhibit well matched toning. There is no doubt that they have remained together for the last 105 years. In the early years of the 20th century, coins with any degree of cameo contrast were considered undesirable. As a result, Mint officers instructed employees to create proofs without any contrast, making true Cameo proofs especially elusive today.

    1905 Dime PR67 Cameo. The strike is unquestionably full and complete, with every detail from the original dies found on this Superb Gem. This exquisite Barber dime has unending mirrored fields around fully lustrous devices. Both sides are virtually perfect. The obverse has delicate yellow-orange with traces of new blue and mauve at the lower border. The reverse has nearly identical toning along the upper left and right border. NGC Census: 8 in PR67 Cameo; 1 finer (10/09). Only 10% (20 of 194) of all NGC certified 1905 proof dimes are given the Cameo designation, with no Ultra Cameo pieces certified.

    1905 Quarter PR68 Cameo. A detailed microscopic examination of this Superb Gem fails to show any evidence of less than a full and complete strike. A stunning Superb Gem, this piece has extraordinary contrast between the fully and deeply mirrored fields, and the lustrous, satiny devices. The central motifs are brilliant white, with peripheral yellow-orange, new blue, and mauve toning. The same colors are splashes across much of the reverse. NGC Census: 3 in PR68 Cameo; 0 finer (10/09). Only 5% (12 of 232) of all NGC certified 1905 proof quarters are given the Cameo designation, with no Ultra Cameo pieces certified.

    1905 Half Dollar PR67 Cameo. All design elements on each side are full and complete, including the hair, leaf, and star details on the obverse, and the eagle and shield details on the reverse. Like the dime and quarter, the Barber half dollar has satiny devices and deeply mirrored fields. As the largest coin in this set, the Barber half dollar has the most surface area to accumulate imperfections, yet this amazing piece is void of any but the tiniest blemishes. The half dollar has similar toning to the quarter, although much of the reverse is untoned with only small splashes of color. NGC Census: 6 in PR67 Cameo; 0 finer (10/09). Only 6% (12 of 201) of all NGC certified 1905 proof half dollars are given the Cameo designation, with no Ultra Cameo pieces certified.
    From The Boca Collection, Part One.

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

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