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Prooflike US Type Set


Category: Type Sets
Set Type: Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5)
Owner: physicsfan3.14
Last Modified: 11/21/2014
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Rank: 49
Score: 34159
Leading by: 763
Points to Higher Rank: 223
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Set Description:

There are few coins more enigmatic than Prooflike coins. Compared to normal business strikes, these gorgeous coins are exceedingly rare. While there is much hype about “first strikes” on many modern mint products, prooflike coins truly are the first strikes. These mirrored coins represent the first couple of strikes of bright, fresh dies (which are often highly polished when new). Thus, prooflikes often are incredibly detailed, with sharp, crisp features.

It only takes a few strikes to eliminate the bright mirrors (out of the tens, or even hundreds of thousands of strikes that a die produces in its life). The percentage of prooflikes is tremendously low – and makes these beautiful coins very rare. The Morgan dollar seems to be the one exception to this rule – prooflike Morgan dollars are common and easy to find. Indeed, PCGS does not designate prooflike on any other series, just the Morgan. Fortunately for me, NGC designates PL on all US series.

Using the NGC Census reports to gauge the rarity of Prooflikes, many series have tens of thousands of regular business strikes certified (over the entire span of the series), but will only have a hundred prooflikes graded (on the more common series!). They are hard to find!

And thus, always ready for a challenge, I am going to attempt to assemble a type set of prooflike coins. I think this is a really cool idea, and you can join me on this journey. My first prooflike was my Franklin, and that coin sparked this interest in me.

As always, I am going to attempt to write full descriptions, with plenty of detailed info, about each coin. Many better authors than I have written about the type set (better authors than I), so I will be focusing specifically on the prooflike aspects of the collection. I hope you enjoy!

Special thanks to my friend Bob Campbell for taking many of these excellent pictures.
 Slot DescriptionGradeServiceScore
1/2C DRAPED BUST (1800-1808)  
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1/2C CLASSIC HEAD (1809-1835)  
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View Coin 1/2C CORONET (1849-1857) MS 65 BN PL NGC 1542
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1C DRAPED BUST (1796-1807)  
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1C CLASSIC HEAD (1808-1814)  
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1C CORONET (1816-1839)  
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1C CORONET (1840-1857)  
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1C FLYING EAGLE (1856-1858)  
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1C INDIAN HEAD, LAUREL WREATH (1859)  
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1C INDIAN HEAD, OAK WREATH (1860-1864)  
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1C INDIAN HEAD, BRONZE (1864-1909)  
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1C LINCOLN, WHEAT REVERSE (1909 V.D.B.)  
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1C LINCOLN, WHEAT REVERSE (1909-1958)  
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View Coin 1C LINCOLN, STEEL (1943) MS 67 PCGS 395
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View Coin 1C LINCOLN, MEMORIAL REVERSE (1959-1998) MS 68 RD PL NGC 209
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2C SHIELD (1864-1873)  
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3C SILVER, ALL TYPES (1851-1873)  
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3C COPPER-NICKEL (1865-1889)  
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View Coin H10C CAPPED BUST (1829-1837) MS 64 PL NGC 1639
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View Coin H10C SEATED LIBERTY, NO STARS (1837-1859) MS 64 PL NGC 1103
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H10C SEATED LIBERTY, WITH ARROWS (1853-1855)  
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H10C SEATED LIBERTY, LEGEND OBVERSE (1860-1873)  
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View Coin 5C SHIELD, WITH RAYS (1866-1867) MS 65 PL NGC 3176
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View Coin 5C SHIELD, NO RAYS (1867-1883) MS 65 PL NGC 1311
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View Coin 5C LIBERTY HEAD, NO CENTS (1883) MS 65 PL NGC 642
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View Coin 5C LIBERTY HEAD, WITH CENTS (1883-1912) MS 64 PL NGC 515
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5C INDIAN HEAD/BUFFALO, TYPE 1 (1913)  
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5C INDIAN HEAD/BUFFALO, TYPE 2 (1913-1938)  
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View Coin 5C JEFFERSON, COPPER-NICKEL (1938-DATE) MS 65 5PL NGC 9
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View Coin 5C JEFFERSON, SILVER (1942-1945) MS 66 PL NGC 127
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10C CAPPED BUST, SMALL SIZE (1828-1837)  
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View Coin 10C SEATED LIBERTY, STARS (1838-1860) MS 64 PL NGC 1595
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10C SEATED LIBERTY, WITH ARROWS (1853-1855)  
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View Coin 10C SEATED LIBERTY, LEGEND OBVERSE (1860-1891) MS 66 PL NGC 1799
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View Coin 10C BARBER LIBERTY HEAD (1892-1916) MS 63 PL NGC 539
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View Coin 10C MERCURY (1916-1945) MS 67 FB PL NGC 336
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View Coin 10C ROOSEVELT, SILVER (1946-1964) MS 66 PL NGC 28
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View Coin 10C ROOSEVELT, CLAD (1965-DATE) MS 68 PL NGC 505
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10C ROOSEVELT, SILVER (1992-DATE)  
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20C SEATED LIBERTY (1875-1878)  
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25C CAPPED BUST, SMALL SIZE (1831-1838)  
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25C SEATED LIBERTY, NO MOTTO (1838-1865)  
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25C SEATED LIBERTY, WITH ARROWS (1853-1855)  
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View Coin 25C SEATED LIBERTY, WITH MOTTO (1866-1891) MS 64 DPL NGC 1678
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View Coin 25C BARBER LIBERTY HEAD (1892-1916) MS 64 PL NGC 1345
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25C STANDING LIBERTY, TYPE 1 (1916-1917)  
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25C STANDING LIBERTY, TYPE 2 (1917-1930)  
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View Coin 25C WASHINGTON, SILVER (1932-1964) MS 65 PL NGC 774
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View Coin 25C WASHINGTON, CLAD (1965-1998) MS 67 PL NGC 366
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25C BICENTENNIAL (1976)  
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25C WASHINGTON SILVER (1992-1998)  
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View Coin 25C STATEHOOD, DC & US TERRITORIES (1999-2009) MS 68 PL NGC 431
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View Coin 25C AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL (2010-) MS 67 PL NGC 102
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50C CAPPED BUST, LETTERED EDGE (1807-1836)  
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50C CAPPED BUST, REEDED, 50 CENTS (1836-1839)  
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50C SEATED LIBERTY, NO MOTTO (1839-1866)  
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50C SEATED LIBERTY, WITH ARROWS (1853-1855)  
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View Coin 50C SEATED LIBERTY, WITH MOTTO (1866-1891) MS 64 PL NGC 3185
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View Coin 50C BARBER LIBERTY HEAD (1892-1915) MS 64 PL NGC 1708
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View Coin 50C WALKING LIBERTY (1916-1947) MS 65 NGC 599
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View Coin 50C FRANKLIN (1948-1963) MS 65 FBL PL NGC 1329
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50C KENNEDY, SILVER (1964)  
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View Coin 50C KENNEDY, CLAD (1965-DATE) MS 65 DPL NGC 98
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50C KENNEDY BICENTENNIAL (1976)  
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50C KENNEDY, SILVER (1992-DATE)  
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S$1 SEATED LIBERTY, NO MOTTO (1840-1865)  
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S$1 SEATED LIBERTY, WITH MOTTO (1866-1873)  
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View Coin T$1 TRADE (1873-1885) MS 63 PL NGC 1687
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View Coin S$1 MORGAN LIBERTY HEAD (1878-1921) MS 65 DPL PCGS 1272
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View Coin S$1 PEACE LIBERTY HEAD (1921-1935) MS 63 NGC 194
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View Coin $1 EISENHOWER, CLAD (1971-1978) MS 66 NGC 502
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$1 EISENHOWER, SILVER (1971-1974)  
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$1 EISENHOWER BICENTENNIAL (1976 )  
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View Coin $1 SUSAN B. ANTHONY (1979-1999) MS 66 PL NGC 72
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View Coin $1 SACAGAWEA (2000-DATE) MS 67 DPL NGC 212
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View Coin $1 PRESIDENTIAL (2007-DATE) MS 65 PL NGC 76
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View Coin S$1 COMMEMORATIVE (1983-DATE) MS 69 PL NGC 111
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S$1 AMERICAN EAGLE (1986-DATE)  
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G$1 LIBERTY HEAD TYPE 1 (1849-1854)  
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G$1 INDIAN HEAD TYPE 2 (1854-1856)  
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View Coin G$1 INDIAN HEAD TYPE 3 (1856-1889) MS 65 PL NGC 2948
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$2.5 LIBERTY HEAD (1840-1907)  
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$2.5 INDIAN HEAD (1908-1929)  
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$5 LIBERTY HEAD (1839-1908)  
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$5 INDIAN HEAD (1908-1929)  
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$10 LIBERTY HEAD (1838-1907)  
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$10 INDIAN HEAD (1907-1933)  
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$20 LIBERTY HEAD (1850-1907)  
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$20 SAINT-GAUDENS (1907-1932)  
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