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Proof cents must easily rank near the top of the numismatic spectrum for beauty and rarity. They typically tone in rich, iridescent colors and choice examples are few and far between. Remembering that Proof coins were not generally sold to the public before the late 1850s, nearly all of the Large Cents in this set will be extremely difficult to find. An original 1852 Half Cent Proof is also a major rarity, and locating one of those will be quite a challenge. In the small cent realm, the 1856 Flying Eagle is a key, as is the 1864-L bronze Indian cent and the 1909-VDB Lincoln. Given the extreme rarity of the early Large Cent Proofs, this is no easy set. But as ESM has shown us, it can come close to completion.
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