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    Near-Gem Proof 1857 Seated Dollar
    Deeply Mirrored Fields, Few Finer

    1857 $1 PR64 NGC. CAC. The usual estimates given for the proof 1857 silver dollars are in the range of 50 to 100 pieces, in the year before the Mint began publicly marketing proof specimens to collectors rather than the merely well-connected. Even though we suspect duplications as usual, NGC shows 10 submissions at the PR64 level, with four each finer in PR65 and PR66. PCGS shows 10 in PR64 with a single PR65 the finest (11/11), helpfully offering "50-75 known." The present near-Gem proof is deeply mirrored on each side, showing the typical "beard" on the chin and light reddish patina on the obverse with lilac over the reverse. The only mentionable strike softness is atop the eagle's left wing and neck feathers. The fields are a bit cloudy, likely limiting an even finer grade.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 252B, PCGS# 7000)

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2012
    3rd-8th Tuesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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