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||The Sole Finest Deep Cameo Indian Cent at PCGS
1897 Indian Cent. Proof-67+ Deep Cameo (PCGS). CAC.
Dominant golden-orange color is seen on both sides, with the peripheries further enhanced by blushes of vivid reddish-rose. The shimmering reflective fields contrast markedly with richly frosted devices. Struck from the Snow-PR3 dies, it is readily attributable by a die line in the denticles below the digit 9 in the date and a bulging upper pendant on the letter E in CENT. Expertly produced and just as carefully preserved, this sharp and lovely 1897 Proof cent is sure to appeal to discerning numismatists and advanced Registry Set participants. It is the sole finest Deep Cameo Indian cent certified by PCGS across all dates and color designations. In addition, this coin is the only Deep Cameo example approved by CAC across all services, confirming the truly superior quality.
The Proof 1897 Indian cent is an underrated rarity among the late dates from this series. With a relatively small mintage of 1,938 Proofs, it rivals the 1896 as the scarcest Proof Indian cent in full Red Gem from the late 1890s. 731 of this mintage were intended for sale as part of the year's silver Proof sets, while the remaining 1,207 examples went into minor coin Proof sets. Today, the Proof 1897 cent is most often found in grades of Proof-64 or lower, with many having been cleaned or mishandled over the past century. Gem examples are sold at auction only a couple times per year, though those with any traces of Cameo contrast are incredibly rare.
PCGS Population: 1; none finer. CAC Population: 1; none finer.
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