The Trzaska Collection Coin Album
CAC. Reverse Style D. Stars point to right serif of (STAT)E(S) and between AM. The obverse die is Dannreuther-1, same as on the rare 1867 Rays, with left serif of 1 over right half of a dentil, detached bottom leaf left of the shield, and recutting on the 7. According to research by John Dannreuther, this obverse was used first to strike With Rays proofs on or before Feb. 8, 1867, then No Rays proofs (as here), then more With Rays proof in a later die state. This No Rays Gem shows profound contrast and equal eye appeal over quicksilver surfaces that show no trace of color. A loupe reveals faint recutting on a couple of the reverse stars, but aside from a couple of tiny dark flecks there is little evidence of any post-Mint distractions. 1/0 (7/12) 1/1 (5/13) 1/3 (12/15)
CAC. Ex: Eliasberg. Graded PR67 in its Eliasberg auction appearance, and the piece appears essentially as made even when after prolonged study beneath a loupe. Precisely struck and nearly untoned. PCGS 14/0 (2/09) PCGS 19/4 (5/15) Ex: Edouard Frossard, 3/1894; J.M. Clapp; Clapp estate, 1942; Louis E. Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 757.
CAC. Among business strike Liberty nickels, the 1896 is known as an important date that is elusive in high grades. For that reason, many collectors opt for the more available proof example. This Superb Gem proof, a fully struck specimen, is virtually flawless and features amazing gold and rainbow toning on each side. 3/0 (9/12), 3/0 (1/22). Purchased non CAC.
CAC. Ex: Compradore Collection. A satiny peach-gold Superb Gem that boasts an exemplary strike and an absence of perceptible carbon or contact. Population: 28 in 67 (1 in 67+), 0 finer (11/12). Ex: Dallas Signature (Heritage, 11/2005), lot 618; West Palm Beach Signature (Heritage, 6/2008), lot 386; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2010), CAC. 27/1 (5/13)
CAC. Delicate lavender and gold overtones appear on the ice-blue surfaces of this lovely Premium Gem Cameo proof. Remarkable mirrored fields surround the satin devices of this example. Cameo proofs of all denominations from the early 20th century are rarities. Population: 4 in 66 Cameo, 1 finer (8/12). 6/1 (5/13)
CAC. Discounting the clandestine 1913 issue, the 1907 Liberty Head nickel boasts the lowest proof mintage of the series, at 1,475 pieces. This sharply detailed Premium Gem exhibits distinct cameo contrast between the frosty devices and the deeply mirrored fields. 12/4 (5/13) 12/4 (1/14)
CAC. Gleaming gold-accented surfaces offer immense reflectivity on this delightful Premium Gem specimen. Decisively struck and appealing, an unusual Cameo representative of this later Liberty issue. From a mintage of just 1,620 pieces. 13/4 (07/12) 16/4 (05/13) 17/5 (01/14) 21/15 (05/15)
CAC. With 1,733 specimens struck, the 1911 is among the lower-mintage proof Liberty nickel issues, and it rarely comes so fine as this PR67 Cameo example. Excellent field-to-device contrast persists through rich patina, zones of aquamarine and peach. Carefully preserved and gorgeous. Population: 7 in 67 Cameo, 0 finer (2/09)
CAC. This extremely flashy Superb Gem remains free of toning and displays bold detail. The surfaces of this example are virtually pristine other than a small depression near the bison's front hooves. Only 12 examples have achieved numerically higher grades from PCGS (12/12). From The Richard P. Ariagno, M.D. Collection. 434/32 (5/13)