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    NGC Certified Gem 1897 Proof Set

    Six Piece 1897 Proof Set PR65 to PR66 NGC. The set includes:
    Cent PR65 Red and Brown. Light salmon-pink color dominates, with hints of lemon and orange hues along the borders. Many collectors would not hesitate to call this piece full Red in color. A well struck Gem, no contact can be discerned, although a few tiny carbon flecks are noted.
    Nickel PR65. Lime, rose, apple-green, powder-blue, chestnut-gray, and gold colors endow this sharply struck and nicely mirrored Gem. This undisturbed specimen displays considerable aesthetic beauty, and no marks or carbon exist that appear to limit the grade.
    Dime PR65 Cameo. While the obverse cameo contrast is undeniable, the reverse exhibits spectacularly frosted devices. A brilliant and lovely Gem, the proof mintage of 731 pieces is the lowest nineteenth century production of the type. (This statement is also true for the following Barber Quarter and Half Dollar.) A nearly invisible horizontal slide mark on the neck prevents technical perfection.
    Quarter PR65 Ultra Cameo. Ice-white devices rise above the deeply mirrored fields. An untoned Gem with a penetrating strike and impressive eye appeal. A few tiny mint-made planchet flakes on the reverse and a pair of pinpoint marks on the portrait are barely worthy of mention.
    Half Dollar PR66 Cameo. The radiant snow-white devices appear to merit an Ultra Cameo designation, but NGC has conservatively assessed this brilliant and immaculate premium Gem. The strike is not quite full on the right shield corner or the eagle's neck feathers, but the nearly all details of the design are fully delivered by the dies.
    Morgan Dollar PR66 Cameo. This well struck premium Gem has a fully brilliant reverse, and the obverse exhibits faint apricot toning. Proof Cameo Gem Morgan Dollars are rare, impressive, and in great demand. A wispy vertical imperfection is concealed in the hair beneath the T in LIBERTY. Just 731 proofs were struck, about 150 pieces fewer than the famous proof 1895 Morgan Dollar.(#2379)(Registry values: N991)

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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    July, 2005
    27th-29th Wednesday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
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