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    Six-Piece 1900 Minor and Silver Proof Set
    Last of the 19th Century Proof Sets

    Six-Piece 1900 Proof Set NGC. In The History of United States Coinage as Illustrated by the Garrett Collection, Q. David Bowers writes, "A survey in 1900 showed that there were 21 full-time and part-time rare coin dealers in the United States. There were several thousand serious collectors, many of whom ordered Proof coins from the Mint each year." The Mint released 912 silver proof sets in 1900, which was above-average, and production would fall in later years until it reached a low in 1914.
    Walter Breen (1977) apparently believed that the reported distribution of 2,262 minor proof sets was a typographical error, and that the actual number was 2,062, as recorded in his Proof Encyclopedia. However, he fails to provide any evidence to support this reasoning, and it is now generally accepted that 2,262 proof examples were struck of each denomination in the minor proof set, the cent and the nickel. On the other hand, Breen's note that many of the proof coins of the 1900s show numerous spots, which resulted in many examples being harshly cleaned over the years, is better supported by empirical evidence. Carefully preserved specimens represent only a tiny minority of the 1900 proofs seen today.

    Cent PR65 Red and Brown. A sharply struck Gem with smooth and charming luster. While the obverse is mostly blue and violet with only a pale copper-gold fringe at the lower and right margins suggesting the coin's original color, the reverse is generally gold and orange with occasional lavender accents. Carefully preserved with great eye appeal for the grade.

    Nickel PR65.
    Excellent design definition overall with the only perceptible striking softness present on the lower left ear of corn. A thin layer of green-gold and sky-blue patina drapes moderately reflective surfaces that are otherwise pale nickel-gray. The right obverse rim shows a pair of tiny flecks.

    Dime PR65.
    This Gem, the third consecutive PR65 coin in the set, must have been strongly contrasted once, though the rich blue, violet, and gold patina over each side has dampened the cameo effect. The fields show the various colors in separate areas, while the portrait shows the same colors dappled.

    Quarter PR66.
    A Premium Gem proof and the highest-graded coin in the set, this quarter has readily appreciable contrast, though the portrait is not thickly frosted enough to meet typical Cameo standards. Light gold and pale silver-blue colors cover most of each side. The obverse fields are flashy, while the reverse mirrors are a trifle subdued.

    Half Dollar PR63 Cameo.
    Impressively frosted devices on both obverse and reverse lend this Select Cameo piece strong eye appeal. Strong golden overtones inform each side, while the margins also show elements of blue-green and violet that dissolve into iridescence. Distinctly appealing despite a handful of grade-defining hairlines.

    Morgan Dollar PR64 Cameo.
    The gold-orange field toning of this near-Gem, strongest at the rims but present all the way up to the devices, heightens the contrast between the mirrors and the frosted devices, which are snow-white save for a patch of tan at the bottom of Liberty's neck. Strongly struck and modestly flawed for the grade.
    From The Boca Collection, Part One.


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

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