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    Extraordinary 1898 Six-Piece Proof Set, PR65 to PR67

    Six-Piece 1898 Proof Set PCGS. A fabulous set, including:

    1898 Cent PR65 Red and Brown PCGS.
    The obverse is almost full red, while the reverse devices are outlined in deep emerald-green. A well-produced proof with orange-peel surfaces.

    1898 Nickel PR65 PCGS.
    The fields are somewhat shallowly mirrored, and each side is toned in shades of lilac and streaky reddish-golden.

    1898 Dime PR66 Cameo PCGS.
    A spectacular coin. The fields are deeply mirrored, and there is significant mint frost over the devices providing cameo contrast. Much brilliance remains on each side, but light tan and blue toning is also present. Compare the size of this coin to the circle of brilliance on the dollar in this set. It seems obvious to us that this dime must have rested over the center of the obverse of the dollar for many years, leaving a circle of perfect brilliance.

    1898 Quarter PR67 Cameo PCGS.
    To our eyes, this appears to be a perfect coin. The obverse is mostly brilliant, with an arc of golden-brown on the right side, and there is thick, contrasting mint frost on Liberty. The reverse is uniformly toned a deep, finely speckled blue with red undertones. Even with the heavy toning, the frosted contrast is abundantly clear.

    1898 Half PR67 PCGS.
    The fields show extraordinary depth of mirrored reflectivity on each side. This mirroring brightens and enlivens the rich, multicolored toning that covers each side of this magnificent coin.

    1898 Dollar PR66 Cameo PCGS.
    While we try not to play favorites, in this case we just cannot help it. This is a coin with a story to tell. As we noted above in the description for the dime, the dollar has a solid brilliant center surrounded by iridescent moss-green and rose patina. We believe that the dime rested atop the dollar for many, many years and left a perfect, untoned center, around which the remainder of the dollar toned to various degrees. Extraordinary surfaces and preservation. This is truly a set that must be seen to be appreciated.

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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    28th-31st Thursday-Sunday
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