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    1888 Seven-Piece Proof Set
    Cent through Silver Dollar

    All Coins PR65 or Finer CAC

    Seven-Piece 1888 Proof Set PR65 Red to PR67 Cameo. CAC. A carefully selected set of the seven non-gold proof issues of 1888. Each coin is of at least Gem quality with all nickel and silver coins demonstrating at least Cameo contrast. This lot is the first of two lots that contain all 13 proof denominations for 1888. The other lot is in Thursday's gold Platinum Night offering. The present lot includes:

    Indian Cent PR65 Red PCGS. CAC. Remarkably fresh lemon and peach color, particularly on the obverse, though the reverse has violet and blue elements within the wreath. Remarkable surface quality for a copper proof of the time, as certified by PCGS and recognized by CAC.

    Three Cent Nickel PR67 Cameo PCGS. CAC. The finest-graded coin in the set, minimally toned and pleasingly contrasted with frost more evident on the obverse. A smooth beauty with just a few pinpoint planchet flaws on moderately mirrored fields.

    Liberty Nickel PR66 Cameo PCGS. CAC. While the fields have more flash than mirror or even cartwheel luster, the frost on the well-defined devices remains generous. Carefully preserved with little color.

    Seated Dime PR66 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Unlike the copper and nickel pieces, this proof offers considerable caramel, gold, green, and blue peripheral patina around a light silver core that shows great contrast. Attractive with a few additional hints of violet and rose at the inner part of the obverse toning.

    Seated Quarter PR65 Cameo PCGS. CAC. With rich toning similar to that of the dime, but covering even more surface area. Apricot-to-peach interiors yield to blue, violet, and lavender at the margins. Great mirrors and contrast through the patina with the only flaw of consequence, a small contact mark over Liberty's left (facing) shoulder, half-hidden by the toning.

    Seated Half PR65 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Boldly contrasted with practically black-and-white interiors, though the rim toning has amber characteristics. A single hairline in the right obverse field leaves this specimen "merely" a Gem, but the inherent quality and eye appeal are obvious.

    Morgan Dollar PR66 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Impressively preserved; a flaw in the plastic over the right side of the obverse should not be taken as damage to the coin. This well-contrasted and strongly mirrored example has minimal interior toning, what little is present being silver-gray, though the margins show touches of gold.


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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2012
    4th-8th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
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