1964 matte cameo sms coin
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Dark matte finish obverse with light cameo, teardrop four, die polishing line between o(f) and (A)merica on reverse. Struck better than a proof with thick lettering and strong devices. Light cameo Matt reverse. Outstanding finish that may define the series if my fellow numismatists might agree.

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A definitively straight g in FG initial, and carbon grey flecks on the lower and upper obverse near the rim.

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For all who are unaware a matte finish is a stronger application of the satin type, using a sandblasting and pickling of dies, a more intensive process yielding by degrees an exceedingly more beautiful outcome.

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A light cameo is defined as a contrast between devices and fields(backgrounds) in the case of sms finish a dark grey matte background contrasted with a lighter grey bust.

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In the case of the reverse a vanilla grey matte finish, certainly lighter, yet still non-reflective, contrasted with dark grey eagle and devices.

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Notice how the center Ray emanating from the eagle head and banner picks up the light reflectively, but the background or field does not reflect. This is a matte finish though lighter than the obverse.

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Here is a closeup of that die polishing line emanating from the lower crossbar of the F to the A. The die polishing line actually extends into the trunk of the F past the red line following the lower bar of the F.

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Here is the dangling 4. The finish alone should spell it out though... I drew the flat top portion of the arrow even with the cross let so you can see how much farther below the teardrop extends.

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Well....if you add a slice of "pasteurized process cheese food" and a slice of bread you'll have a bologna 'n' cheeze sandwich....sorta.

The half is just a normal coin.

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