1888 Proof Set

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  1. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

    Well done, congratulations
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  3. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Nice set!

    I did this a few years ago with a 1913 Proof set. It has both Buffalo Nickels.
  4. Santinidollar

    Santinidollar Supporter! Supporter

    From what I can tell, 1936 through 1942 and 1950 to the present with the exception of 1965-67.
  5. Lawtoad

    Lawtoad Well-Known Member

    Awesome set. I particularly like the 3-Cent Nickel proof.
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  6. CoinJockey73

    CoinJockey73 Well-Known Member

    Quite impressive. Congrats!
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  7. mrweaseluv

    mrweaseluv Supporter! Supporter

    Very impressive set! Nicely done sir.
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  8. Medussa

    Medussa Silver

    Good looking set! Nice accomplishment.
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  9. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Awesome dude! Well done and then some!
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  10. JP@

    JP@ Well-Known Member

    well done !
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  11. bradgator2

    bradgator2 Well-Known Member


    Was it hard to track any of them down?
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  12. Eric the Red

    Eric the Red Supporter! Supporter

    Exquisite set of coins. Congrats!
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  13. Skyman

    Skyman Well-Known Member

    Congratulations, very nice!
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  14. Sidney Osborne

    Sidney Osborne Well-Known Member

    They don't make them like that anymore...
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  15. john65999

    john65999 Well-Known Member

    amazing set...i have a 20 cent piece in mind, have to save up for it though...
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  16. Santinidollar

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    The half dollar was a woolly bear. I finally found an affordable example at Legend Auctions (don’t try that at home). Then I looked for several months for a cameo nickel. Never even saw one. ( probably all over the place now). Mike at ToughCoins, who aided my search, found the winning nickel at the recent Baltimore show.
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  17. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    Very nice. Thanks for sharing.
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  18. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Actually it was in 1858, but the coins were sold in sets according to their composition. The base metal, silver and gold coins were sold in separate sets. I think the idea was to make the cents and two and three cent pieces affordable if they were made.

    A dollar was worth a lot more in terms of the effort it took to earn one in 1858 and for years later. Therefore, buying the silver set was a big deal back then. Even though the gold set was priced only a few dollars over their face value, it was still a big deal at $42 or more. Very few were sold, sometimes as few as 20.
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  19. wxcoin

    wxcoin Getting no respect for 66+ Supporter

    Thanks for the info. I was curious as to why the mintage of the base metal coins seemed to be different from the silver coins (which all had the same mintage).
  20. Santinidollar

    Santinidollar Supporter! Supporter

    I learned something today. Thanks, John!
  21. bradgator2

    bradgator2 Well-Known Member

    Very cool.

    Like you originally started with, one of my all time bucketlist items is a Morgan proof. Preferably designated with cameo.

    I have completed a 1942 proof set. I have stumbled across some 1941 and earlier proofs at fairly reasonable prices. I have held off on buying one because like you…. I know I’ll have to complete that year lol.
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