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This is our smallest coin. It's also the only one struck in 75% silver (that's the "type one" of 1851-53 only). There are lots of tiny mintages in the series, many condition rarities, three different types and a lot of history. 1873 is a "Proof-only" issue with no circulation strikes being issued. the 1851-O is the only date in the series that has a mintmark. The "type one" coins of 1851-53 in proof are uncollectible due to their extreme rarity and are not included in the Registry sets. How rare are they? PCGS has graded one 1851 (a beautiful Proof 66 from the Eliasberg collection) and zero examples of 1852 and 1853. In fact, no 1853 Proofs are believed to exist! The "type two" coins of 1854-58 are quite a formidable task, as well. There are just over 30 examples of the 1858 certified in PR65 or better, and 1858 is considered the "common date" of the second type!
Notes: The 1869/8 proof was categorized as a major variety and placed in this set on 10/24/14. This set has bonuses. Please see the Set Composition for a listing.