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Lot 1758

1902. PCGS graded Proof 67. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Lovely toning on both sides. Part of an original Proof set in this sale. Only 777 struck. All-brilliant motifs and highly alluring mirror fields display the toning well superb surfaces. A sharp and evenly struck Gem Proof of the finest order, this beautiful coin literally defies any would-be bidder to locate a surface disturbance. We could buzz on with endless reflection about this ethereal gem, but suffice it to say that if any coin deserves to be "among finest known" Proof of its respective date, then the present 1902 Morgan Dollar is it! Pop 4; 1 finer in 68 (PCGS # 7337) .

This 1902 Proof silver dollar was struck at the Third Philadelphia Mint which opened for business at 1700 Spring Garden Street the year before. It was designed by James Knox Taylor. It was a block from the United States Smelting Company. In one year alone the mint produced 501,000,000 coins (5/7 of the U.S. currency minted) as well as 90,000,000 coins for foreign countries.

A massive structure nearly a full city block, it was an instant landmark. Characterized by a Roman temple facade, visitors were to marvel at seven themed glass mosaics designed by Louis C. Tiffany in a gold backed vaulted ceiling. The mosaics depicted ancient Roman coin making methods. This mint still stands intact with much of the interior as well. It was acquired by the Community College of Philadelphia in 1973.
Estimated Value $7,500 - 8,000.
The Wayne Fowler Estate.

Realized $11,213

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