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    1898 1C Cent PR 67 Red and Brown NGC. The only specimen to receive a PR 67 RB designation from NGC (9/99), this specimen displays vibrant crimson-red luster throughout the obverse. The mottled brown, green, and purple toning that dominates the reverse, however, confirms the validity of the color designation. Boldly impressed and problem-free.

    1898 Nickel PR 66 NGC. Despite somewhat cloudy, golden-gray iridescence, both sides of this gem exhibit unfathomable reflectivity. Neither the strike nor the surface preservation are worthy of criticism.

    1898 Dime PR 67 NGC. The dove-gray toning that overlays the reverse yields to near-brilliance on the obverse. With nary a hairline or distraction to report, this snappy example is suggestive of an even more respected designation. The proof qualities that radiate forth from the obverse are well concealed by the reverse toning.

    1898 Quarter PR 68 NGC. Toning enthusiasts really need to see this exquisite specimen. The reverse carries deep, rich lavender-gray patina that inhibits the reflectivity of the underlying surfaces. The obverse, however, is largely untoned save for beautiful apricot-pink iridescence over the portrait. While NGC reports 11 other examples in PR 68 with 5 PR 69 specimens finer (9/99), we doubt whether any of these pieces could surpass this coin's eye appeal.

    1898 Half PR 68 NGC. Toned in rich copper shades that recede markedly about Liberty's cheek and the eagle's head. While this toning scheme inhibits one's appreciation of the watery fields, the smooth surfaces do full justice to the superb gem grade designation. Unsurpassable for the delivery, this specimen shares the PR 68 grade tier with only 6 other examples (9/99).

    1898 Dollar PR 68 NGC. With razor sharp definition and mark-free surfaces, it is little wonder that this specimen is among the finest certified survivors of the issue. Rich copper-russet and electric-blue toning frames the untoned obverse center but barely diminishes throughout the reverse. NGC and PCGS combined report only 9 specimens in PR 68 with a lone PR 69 NGC specimen finer (9/99).
    From the Watchung Hills Collection.


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

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    November, 1999
    18th-20th Thursday-Saturday
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