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    Branch Mint Proof 1893-CC Dollar, PR64

    1893-CC $1 PR64 PCGS. This is only the fourth example of this extremely rare branch mint proof striking we have handled in the past ten years. Wayte Raymond stated many years ago that only 12 such coins were struck, but we do not know what documentation he used to support this claim. The surfaces of this piece are every bit the equal of proofs struck in the Philadelphia Mint during this era. The coin meets all the criteria for a branch mint proof as set out in an October 1995 Coin World article (by Mark Van Winkle), based on direct examination of the branch mint proofs contained in the Anita Maxwell Trust of Silver Dollars. Those criteria include:

    Obverse: 1. No "island" of metal at back of truncation of neck.

    2. Faint die crack from star 3 toward star 2, another connects stars 5, 6, and 7.

    3. Two dots of die rust in the field left of the upper serif of B in PLURIBUS.

    4. Small blob of die rust between U and N of UNUM above letters, another tiny one between N and U.

    5. A die crack connects stars 8, 9, 10, and 11.

    6. Specks of die rust above the space between stars 9 and 10.

    7. Dot of die rust at the back of the nose and another below and in front of the lovelock of hair.

    Reverse: 1. Faint diagonal die scratch from a denticle above the O in OF.

    2. Squiggly die crack from the right (facing) wing tip through the tops of AMERIC.

    The surfaces of this piece are brilliant, except for a thin line of grease that was struck into the planchet at the time of manufacture which angles downward from the junction of Liberty's throat and neck. The fields are deeply reflective, and as stated above, are every bit the equal of a P-mint proof struck in this year. In fact, in some ways it is actually superior--the strike on this coin is absolutely complete, whereas on Philadelphia proofs from 1893 they often show central weakness. The devices are lightly frosted and provide a noticeable two-toned contrast against the deeply mirrored fields. Of the greatest rarity and importance to Dollar collectors. (NGC ID# 27ZP, PCGS# 7347)

    Weight: 26.73 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2002
    25th-27th Thursday-Saturday
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