This set includes many varieties including the 1868 and 1872 blundered dies with extra date punches in the rock below the gown. Many of the varieties have been described in publications by Kamal Ahwash, Walter Breen, Brian Greer, and most recently in Gerry Fortin's excellent on-line website at www.seateddimevarieties.com.
1858 is the rarest year followed by 1861 and 1862 per the NGC and PCGS census. In PR65 and better condition, 1862 is the rarest year likely due to the use of poorly prepared planchets.
Wayte Raymond's 1945 Standard Catalogue of United States Coins valued the 1861 and 1865 proofs at $7.50, higher than any other dates between 1860 and 1891. The 1873 and 1874 arrows proofs did not carry a premium.
Currently the arrows dates have a substantial premium while the 1861 and 1865 proofs have a relatively small premium due to the strong influence of type collectors.
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Old coin albums for USA proof coins began with the year 1858, as this is when the Mint codified its proof sales and first advertised them. Thus begins this superb collection of proof Seated Liberty Dimes, and it is complete for all issues through the end of the series in 1891. The lowest grade noted is NGC PF 65 for just two dates, including the very elusive 1862 edition. This collection includes a wealth of finest-certified pieces, a number of them pedigreed to the famed Phil Kaufman Collection. Also included are the extremely desirable misplaced date (MPD) varieties of 1868 and 1872.
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