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Lot 1183

1852. PCGS graded Proof 65 Cameo. CAC Approved. This is an extremely rare, early proof Seated dime with an unknown, although extremely limited original mintage. The exact number of coins produced is not known although Walter Breen (1988) estimates that there may be as many as eight specimens in numismatic hands. At least one of those coins, the ANS specimen, is impounded in that museum. Our research indicates that six different examples have appeared at auction over the past 15 years, thus Mr. Breen was quite close in his estimate. This coin possess needle-sharp striking detail in all areas from the rims to the centers. The rims are broad and square, the denticles are crisply delineated and there is a pronounced knife-like outer rim on both sides. Another feature that defines this example's proof status is the glittering, reflective finish that exists in the fields. Both sides are attractively toned with a thin coating of delicate champagne-apricot iridescence. As an identifier, a couple of small diagonal toning streaks are seen at star 10, however, these do not detract. This specimen will certainly awake the interest of specialized collectors. It is the finer of only two Proof Cameo coins graded by both services, combined. Pop 1; none finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 84739) .
Estimated Value $40,000 - 45,000.


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