The Trzaska Collection Coin Album
CAC. A few thin die cracks appear at the lower obverse of this Premium Gem. Minor machine doubling is evident at the date and motto, while the strike is deficient only among the leaves. Both sides have satiny light gray luster with delicate champagne overtones. 10/0 (05/13) 11/1 (1/14)
CAC. . The 1875 is an extremely important date in the Shield nickel series. Business strikes are rare, especially in Gem condition. This example shows a sharp strike and bright, satiny luster with a hint of gold on each side. A late-state example with extensive die cracks visible throughout. Population: 9 in 66, 0 finer (6/12). 10/0 (5/13) 11/0 (1/14)
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.