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Lot 1184

1856. Small Date. Doubled Die Obverse. Greer-105. PCGS graded Proof 65. All known 1856 proof Seated dimes feature small digits in the date. This seems to be the only recorded obverse die for the issue, and it is probably the only one used by the Philadelphia Mint for proofs. This theory seems likely since the original mintage for the proof 1856 was undoubtedly small and easily achieved with a single die marriage. While the Mint did not record exactly how many proof dimes were struck in 1856, Bowers estimates that approximately 35 specimens are extant. Gorgeous deep gunmetal-blue and other natural toning spans both sides and the underlying reflectivity is clear. The strike is bold with each of the stars on the obverse and Liberty's curls sharp, as is the entire reverse. This Gem proof example is certain to delight any specialist of this series. This one is in the Condition Census for technical quality and even more desirable for its attractive toning. Pop 2; 3 finer, 2 in 66, 1 in 67. (PCGS # 4745) .
Estimated Value $9,000 - 10,000.


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