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    1873 13-Piece Proof Set

    1873 13-Piece Proof Set. All the pieces are NGC encapsulated and include: cent PR 65 Red, moderately mirrored with attractive orange and red color; three-cent nickel PR 65, untoned with a tiny speck on the center of Liberty's cheek; three-cent silver PR 66, fully brilliant, the snow-white devices contrast sharply against the illimitible depth of mirrored reflectivity in the fields, a splendid example of this final year of the type; half dime PR 63, moderately toned around the perimeter of each side with near-brilliant centers; nickel PR 64, light in color; Arrows dime PR 64, deeply mirrored and almost entirely brilliant; No Arrows dime PR 64, brilliant, a few tiny planchet flakes account for the grade; Arrows quarter PR 62, noticeably cameoed and lightly toned; No Arrows quarter PR 66, an outstanding coin and one of the highlights of the set, the obverse has bright multicolored iridescent toning while the reverse is mostly cobalt-blue with golden peripheral color, deeply reflective and nearly flawless; Arrows half dollar PR 63, mostly brilliant with modest cameo contrast, just showing a hint of golden-brown color at the bottom of the obverse; No Arrows half dollar PR 66, deeply reflective fields, both sides are attractively toned slate-gray with citrine and deep blue accents, the coin approaches technical perfection; Trade dollar PR 62, almost brilliant but noticeably hairlined (thus the grade) with a tiny planchet flaw in the reverse field; and a Seated dollar PR 61, the brilliance of the coin overall is surrounded by peripheral golden-olive at the margins.
    While the coins are of variable quality, it is doubtful that such another set is available on the market today. This is one of the most significant years in numismatics with the so-called "Crime of '73" enacted and many of the odd denomination coins discontinued. Of course, conversion to metrically weighed planchets also created the Arrows motif and this subsequent short-lived design type. The significance of this year was studied to its fullest extent by Harry X Boosel who published a book on just this one year's coinage in 1960 entitled 1873-1873.


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

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    Auction Dates
    January, 1997
    9th-11th Thursday-Saturday
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