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    Choice and Better Seven-Piece 1888 Proof Set
    Featuring PR67

    Seven-Piece 1888 Proof Set NGC. By 1888 the three cent nickel had long since outlived its usefulness, and in the following year it would be eliminated entirely. Interestingly, the 1888 and 1889 three cent nickels had higher business-strike and proof mintages than the corresponding numbers for 1887. For 1888 there were 36,501 three cent nickel business strikes produced, along with 4,582 proofs. The Indian cents of this year are somewhat carelessly struck up as a rule, and full Red coins are quite elusive. Some of the Liberty nickel proofs show a doubled date.
    The proof silver coins, dime through dollar, had mintages of 832 coins each. The proof Seated dime's corresponding circulation strikes had a plentiful mintage of nearly 5.5 million pieces. On the other hand, the proof Seated quarter and half dollar proofs are always popular, due to the low mintages of their business-strike counterparts: 10,001 and 12,001 coins, respectively. This continues a long string of low-mintage Seated quarters and halves that began in 1879, the year after the introduction of the Morgan dollar.
    Bowers' Morgan dollar Guide Book (third edition) notes that one of the "at least two" obverse dies used in this year shows slight repunching of the date. More cogently, Bowers writes of the proof Morgan: "Lightly struck at the centers. Low contrast. About this time the Mint became sloppy in the making of Proofs, and not long afterward dealer Harlan P. Smith filed a formal complaint. Still, Proofs of the era beginning about now are not on a visual par with those earlier in the decade."

    Cent PR64 Brown. Captivating for a Brown coin with iridescent toning that includes dusky peach as well as light sea-green, blue, and deep plum. Sharply struck with immense eye appeal for the grade.

    Three Cent Nickel PR66.
    Pale aqua and golden tints embrace each side of this elegant Premium Gem proof. Well struck overall with a hint of elegant satin on the portrait.

    Five Cent Nickel PR66.
    Thin veils of cloud-white toning show glints of gold-green close to the rims. A sharply struck and immensely reflective beauty of undeniable quality.

    Dime PR64
    . A few tiny hairlines and contact marks are visible on this near-Gem, but the coin's sheer eye appeal renders these flaws all but irrelevant. The obverse has stunning cobalt and gold-orange peripheral patina around a near-brilliant center, with the latter color echoing at the reverse margins.

    Quarter PR67
    . Exquisitely preserved and stunningly toned. The obverse's peripheral blue and central gold-orange shadings offer a window into the coin's original contrast, but the reverse is toned all the way across in cobalt and sunset-orange. The sole PR67 example in the NGC Census Report awarded the Star designation, with none finer in the contrast category (11/09).

    Half PR65 Cameo.
    Unlike the previous two silver pieces, which were toned too heavily to earn a Cameo designation, this Gem specimen has only light green-gold and mint shadings which extend into the fields. Away from the strongly contrasted centers, deeper ruby-plum color appears on parts of the rims.

    Morgan Dollar PR66 Cameo.
    The pale blue shadings over the strongly mirrored reverse fields enhance the inherent contrast of this stunning example. Icy white devices have substantially above-average definition for the issue.
    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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    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    6th-10th Wednesday-Sunday
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