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    Seven-Piece 1860 Proof Set Showcasing
    A Stunning PR68 Cameo Dime

    Seven-Piece 1860 Proof Set NGC. The Mint increased the production of proof coinage in 1860 over the previous year, at least for the most part. The mintage of cents through half dollars rose from 800 pieces in 1859 to 1,000 coins in 1860. Silver dollar production in 1860, however, was bumped to 1,330 pieces from the previous year's figure of 800 coins. Mintages of gold dollars, quarter eagles, and three dollar pieces increased slightly from 1859, while those of half eagles, eagles, and double eagles declined. Sales of proof coins were apparently lackluster in 1860, and roughly half of the silver-minor coins were melted as unsold.
    In the silver-minor proof coinage, several notable design changes took place between 1859 and 1860. The copper-nickel Indian cent was changed from a laurel wreath reverse to an oak wreath with shield reverse. The obverse of both the half dime and dime changed from peripheral stars to the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    Cent PR65. This Gem boasts copper-gold fire with duskier peach-orange shadings at parts of the margins. Boldly impressed for the copper-nickel design type and an attractive specimen of this initial Oak Wreath Reverse proof issue. Census: 15 in 65, 13 finer (11/09).

    Three Cent Silver PR63. A luminous Select proof with toning that ranges from gray-gold to blue-green, with the former color at generally light centers that deepen to the latter shade close to the rims. Modestly hairlined beneath the extensive patina.

    Half Dime--Reverse Rim Damage--Proof. Looking only at the fields and devices, this is a pleasing specimen with a subtle wash of golden toning over otherwise bright silver-white surfaces. Mildly frosted devices supply a degree of contrast. The upper-right reverse rim, however, shows several cuts which preclude an actual numeric grade.

    Dime PR68 Cameo. As one of five PR68 Cameo coins graded by NGC with none finer (11/09), this dime is the crown jewel of the set. Sea-green, blue, and gold patina drapes most of the obverse and the outer reverse, but the specimen's inherent contrast shines through. Both sides are essentially free of hairlines or contact, though the toning at the upper obverse suggests a fingerprint pattern. Regardless, this is a piece of unquestionable importance.

    Quarter PR65 Cameo. Though not at the same technical level as the dime, this quarter has plenty of eye appeal to call its own. Light pink-gold color of varying opacity visits parts of the margins on each side, but the mirrors remain strong and offer considerable contrast with the frost over Liberty and the eagle. A few small flaws near the softly struck right obverse stars are of little significance.

    Half Dollar PR65 Cameo. Outstanding contrast and distinctive patina grant this Gem Cameo specimen winning eye appeal. The left obverse and upper reverse are pale silver-white, but the color quickly shifts to champagne and orange with ruby and sapphire elements at the distant rims. The obverse also displays a few spots of milky toning.

    Seated Dollar PR62. Finishing the set is this Seated dollar, lightly hairlined throughout the fields but more attractive than the grade might suggest, thanks to modest but decidedly appealing patina. Light silver-gray centers give way to subtle blue-green and tan peripheral tints.
    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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