Evenly toned in a dark blend of blue-gray and gold over a glimmer of mint brilliance. Reflective fields are obscured a bit by the toning, but appear virtually mark-free. A fine, slightly dark diagonal line of toning crosses the center on the reverse. Proofs were not sold to the public in 1855, but were reserved for dignataries and influential numismatists. It is estimated that perhaps 30 or 40 Proofs were coined. The public could not buy Proof coinage until 1858. It is important not only for the date, but as a representative of the classic Type 2 obverse, characterized by three lines bordering the star. The variety was coined only from 1854 to 1858, and Proofs of all years are rare. Only 13 examples of all dates have been assigned PR66 status by PCGS, and none grade higher. A scant two coins struck in 1855 have been awarded this lofty grade level. Worthy of the ultimate PCGS Registry set for both series and type. Housed in a green label holder. From the famous Floyd Starr Collection.
Daryl J. Haynor -
Heritage 8/2011:7041, $13,225