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    Six-Piece 1902 Proof Set Featuring
    PR67
    Liberty Nickel

    Six-Piece 1902 Proof Set NGC. The Philadelphia Mint in this year implemented subtle changes in the texture or surface finish of all proof coinage denominations. The most obvious difference is seen on proof gold. Dr. Robert Loewinger's Proof Gold Coinage of the United States says lackadaisically, "Proofs from 1902-7 have semi-brilliant devices rather than frosty devices." Breen uses the same term in describing the cent and nickel issues of the year: "From now on ... devices are semi-brilliant, though less noticeably so than in higher denominations."
    Snow's Guide Book of Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents is a bit more specific on the issue: "During this year, and the next two, a change in die preparation eliminated the cameo contrast on most denominations. Only the first couple of coins minted from a die will have any contrast between the devices and field. Coins of this date designated as cameos are very rare." The Bowers Guide to Shield and Liberty Head Nickels, while commenting specifically on the five cent denomination provides more explication for the 1902 issues as a whole: "The portrait is in low contrast, reflecting changes at the Mint, which had just recently moved into a new building."
    The generally accepted mintage figures for 1902-dated proofs are 2,018 for the minor proof set coins, the cent and nickel, and 777 for the pieces in the silver proof set, the dime through the Morgan dollar. There are no significant rarities for the year.

    Cent PR64 Red and Brown. A strongly impressed near-Gem with generally lemon-gold and orange shadings on the obverse. The reverse has bold violet and magenta hues in the center which account for the Red and Brown designation. A faint fingerprint is noted in the space above the headdress.

    Nickel PR67
    . Though it does not have the Cameo contrast seen on many proofs from prior years, this Superb Gem specimen has amazing eye appeal on its own terms. The gleaming mirrors are carefully preserved with only a few flecks, and a planchet flaw near the point of the V is hardly distracting.

    Dime PR63.
    A generally silver-white piece with champagne-gold patina visible at the right obverse and around the reverse rim. This faintly hairlined Select coin shows above-average frostiness on the portrait of Liberty, though the reverse is closer to brilliant.

    Quarter PR65.
    As with the dime, this Gem quarter is better-contrasted than usually seen for the issue, though not to the extent of a true Cameo coin. Occasional green-gold whispers visit the margins, but the surfaces are near-brilliant otherwise.

    Half Dollar PR64.
    The upper peripheral obverse and the reverse margins show echoes of pale yellow, while the rest of the coin is gleaming silver-white with occasional small milky spots. A few small hairlines scattered in the fields preclude a finer designation.

    Morgan Dollar PR64.
    This Choice proof is strongly but not flawlessly struck, with a few strands of hair over Liberty's ear showing incomplete definition. Modestly hairlined mirrors are primarily silver-white with occasional glints of yellow, though the left obverse rim and peripheral reverse show deeper sage and antique-gold shadings.
    From The Boca Collection, Part One.


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

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    January, 2010
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