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NGC to Show Top Set of Proof Seated Dimes
By Numismatic News
December 26, 2013

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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Numismatic Guaranty Corporation will display the No. 1 NGC Registry Set of Proof Seated Liberty Dimes at the 2014 FUN Show. Assembled by Nathan Perry, the impressive “49er Collection” is a complete set of NGC-certified Proof Seated Liberty Dimes struck 1858 to 1891. It includes many finest known examples, interesting varieties, desirable pedigrees and coins with the NGC Star Designation for superior eye appeal.

Perry carefully assembled the collection over a number of years, selecting the finest NGC-certified specimens available in the marketplace. Collector interest in Seated Liberty Dimes has grown in recent years, particularly with new variety research published by Gerry Fortin over the last decade. Proofs were struck in low numbers with mintages typically well below 1,000 specimens each year. Heritage Auctions and Laura Sperber, Co-President of Legend Numismatics, provided significant assistance to Perry to build this set.

The 49er Collection is distinguished by its quality—the lowest grade in the set is NGC PF 66, while the highest is a remarkable NGC PF 69 Cameo, assigned to the finest known 1885 dime.

Another significant high grade rarity in the set is the 1859, which is graded PF 68 Ultra Cameo by NGC and is also the finest certified. Proof Seated Liberty dimes with the Ultra Cameo designation are particularly elusive and another example from the 49er Collection is the 1866 graded NGC PF 67 Ultra Cameo, which is one of only five 1866-dated dimes considered Ultra Cameo by NGC.

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There are three basic types of proof Seated Liberty dimes struck 1858 to 1891: Stars on Obverse (1858-1859), Arrows at Date (1873-1874) and Legend on Obverse (1860-1891). Several coins in Perry’s collection are not only the finest known of their date, but also the finest known of their type. The 1859 NGC PF 68 Ultra Cameo is the finest Stars on Obverse specimen, the 1885 NGC PF 69 Cameo represents the highest graded Legend on Obverse type dime, and an 1873 Arrows dime graded NGC PF 67 is the top Proof Arrows at Date dime.

Six coins in the NGC Registry Set are pedigreed to notable collector Phil Kaufman, including the 1873 Closed 3 No Arrows Dime graded NGC PF 68 and the 1874 Arrows Dime graded NGC PF 67.

Other highlights include an 1864 Dime graded PF 68 Cameo that is tied for finest known; an 1868 Misplaced Date VP-001 dime graded NGC PF 67 Cameo, a high grade example of this interesting variety; and two rare 1887 Obverse Struckthrough mint errors graded NGC PF 63 and NGC PF 64 Cameo. Mint errors for Proofs are exceptionally rare since they are specially struck in limited numbers for collectors.

The 49er Collection will be on display at the NGC booth (#1400) at the 2014 FUN Show held Jan. 9-12 in Orlando, Fla.



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