This is a beautiful set to collect with many interesting varieties including the 1868 and 1872 blundered dies, and the 1877 type 1 reverse. Many of the varieties have been described in articles published in the Gobrecht Journal and earlier in publications by Kamal Ahwash, Walter Breen and Brian Greer.
In this set, 1858 is the rarest year followed by 1861 and 1862. In PR65 and better condition, 1862 is the rarest year due to the use of poorly prepared planchets.
Complete for all types, denominations, dates and mint, and including both uncirculated and proof coins, the Renard Collection is overwhelming in the number of coins it contains. Aside from its completeness, however, it is remarkable for the amazingly high grade average maintained throughout. While only a few of the modern commems are scarce in overall numbers, selecting just the right example that will earn a top grade remains very challenging, and this collection is dominated by pieces grading 69 and 70, the proofs all being Ultra Cameo.
A standout condition rarity is the 1982-D Washington Half Dollar. Notorious as the rarest of the modern commems in high grades, the Renard specimen is certified at an amazing MS-69! Another early issue carrying a very high grade is the 1984-W Olympics Eagle, checking in at MS-70. The 1995-96 Olympics issues, notable for their low mintages, nearly all grade MS-70 or PF-70 Ultra Cameo. Also grading MS-70 is the very scarce, low-mintage Jackie Robinson Half Eagle from 1997.
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