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    Intensely Lustrous MS 66 1855 Three Cent Silver

    1855 MS 66 NGC. Ex: Dawson. This coin typifies the collecting method of Andre Dawson in assembling his superb type set. Each coin selected as the representative for the type was of uncommonly high quality. But that has been done before. What Dawson did was to select a better (or rare) date within the type, and pursue that issue in high grade. Quite a novel idea, and one that placed quite a few coins in this auction as so-called type pieces that are really better date issues.
    The 1855 is certainly a better date than the most commonly encountered issue within the Type Two series, the 1857. And here we have this better date in exceptionally attractive, high grade condition. The fields are bright and shimmer with intense, semi-prooflike intensity. While not especially noteworthy on other coins, we call attention to it here not only because of the brightness of the lustrous flash, but also because of the deep blue, rose, and charcoal-gray patina that is splashed across each side. Such deep colorations would greatly subdue what mint luster would be present on many coins, but here it has no dampening effect. Die clashed, as always, the surfaces are free from any troubling abrasions. A bit of softness is noted at the peripheries, this being the closest we can find to a defect. Population: 3 in 66, none are finer (6/98). (NGC ID# 22Z4, PCGS# 3671)

    Weight: 0.75 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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    September, 1998
    24th-25th Thursday-Friday
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