Gobrecht's Golden/Iridescent Raisinet Collection

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About This Set: Although higher ranking than my other "Monster-Toned" collection, in a real sense this set takes a back seat to that other (lower-rated but more dramatic) multi-color set. At first glance the wheat cents in this collection look more or less golden in color, but most have areas of iridescent toning, some have a blend of subtle pastels, and one has a crescent of peacock colors. The VDB is gold as the sun, the red 1909 Lincoln has hints of iridescence circling around its rim, and the 1912 and 1913 display variations on a theme of Golden Iridescence. The remaining five coins range between the merely spectacular and the truly sublime. Possibly my most beautiful matte proof is the 1915 PR67BN. Two copper aficionados, both noted authorities, have called it the most beautiful MPL they had ever seen, regardless of color, while another Lincoln expert said it was the second most beautiful matte he had ever seen, the first being a 1909 VDB NGC PR68RB with the star designation for exceptional eye appeal. The 1914 has a blazing red, extreme "orange-peal" PR68 cameo obverse, while the 1910 PR67RB marries an obverse approaching the 1914's to a reverse reminiscent of the 1915. The chiseled look of the 1911 combined with the swirl of pastels on its reverse, again evocative of the 1915, elevate this very high-end PR66RB to 'Hall of Fame' status. Finally, the exquisitely detailed 1916 is so vividly lustrous it seems as if its finely granular surfaces are luminescent, and it strives to rival the 1915 in its beauty. The 1910, 11, 14, 15 and 16 are all recognized in Brian Wagner's 'Hall of Fame.' Thanks, of course, to Brian Wagner and Ira Stein. No Ira, no VDBs! 11/2008. Revision: I have now replaced the 1915 described above with its predecessor, an 80-85% red, PR66RB in an old green holder, while the 1915 described above is now to be found in my “Monster-Toned” collection. Thanks to robec, a much more accurate photo made it clear that the 1915 described above was a better match for my “Monster-Toned” set, while my old 1915 fit better here. 2/2009

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Rich, what DOES the 1912 look like? Inquiring minds want to know!

Posted at 3/8/2010 11:02 AM by renomedphys

What a gorgeous set of MPLs.

Posted at 10/2/2009 2:01 PM by MWoodsCollection

Rich; Putting numbers aside, you have assembled not one, but two of the most beautiful non-red MPL collections ever seen. This is a spectacular achievement by anyone's standards. You deserve all the credit and respect in the world. I'm blown away - a wholehearted congratulations!! Duane

Posted at 7/25/2009 8:56 AM by [email protected]

Congratulations Rich on the All-Time finest non-Red set. Both of your sets plus your duplicates are remarkable. Most of us would be thrilled with just one of your examples, but Wow, your whole set is "Hall of Fame". PS. I'm dying to see your new "wineguy" 1912.

Posted at 7/5/2009 9:51 AM by robec1347

Saw that coming!

Posted at 6/30/2009 3:37 PM by renomedphys

Your collections just keep getting better. Congratulations Rich.

Posted at 3/31/2009 7:47 PM by [email protected]

amazing set way uphere and it's easy to see why too.beautifull set and thanks for having images up

Posted at 9/6/2008 8:34 AM by lasvegasteddy

gq. 2 MPL sets in the top 10 is an awesome accomplishment. And both sets have amazing "Pop". Nice job!

Posted at 8/23/2008 6:27 AM by [email protected]

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