Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Morgandude11, Jun 3, 2020.
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Based on your photos, I'm really surprised this one didn't get a *. From my experience, NGC will use the "*" on proofs which are cameoish but not quite enough to get the Cam designation. The obverse especially looks like its there to me. Does it look that way in hand?
Yes, definitely. It is much brighter than the other one, and has the very contrasty obverse of a cameo. The reverse is not quite there as a cameo. If I were grading it, I would have gone PF 68*, but you know how arbitrary it can get. I may send it for reconsideration, as it is a really good strike, when early Jefferson proofs are often not well struck.
That's what I thought it would be (see above)...it seems like you and I often find ourselves on the same page.
Yes, I think we always have, over the years. You, obviously, study your coins carefully, as do I. I am not an impulse collector. Early Jefferson proofs are extremely variable, especially the ones from 1938-41. The strike quality was generally poor, and finding a really sharp one is difficult. 1942 is a mixed bag. 1950, the first one after the 8 year gap, is all over the map on sharpness of strike, and planchet and die preparation. At this point, I have not found a 1939 proof for which I was willing to spend the money. It is low mintage, and really nice ones are scarce.
I've started to study the proofs issued from 36-42 and have been surprised to find the great range of quality they come in. I'm not a huge Jefferson Nickel guy but I really like the Washington Quarter and I have been thinking about putting together a proof set from 36-42. That range of proofs really has a lot to it. The quarters seem to not be as bad as they are silver and softer...but I am still noticing the same kind of thing.
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