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New cherry picks from a local show today.

SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,376 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited June 9, 2023 4:50PM in U.S. Coin Forum

1957 Proof nickel, which may warrant a Cameo designation.

Cell phone photos attached, which are not very good. I will try to take better photos tonight.


  • MaywoodMaywood Posts: 1,561 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks hazy but nice contrast for a 1957, they are nearly impossible to find with heavy frost and clear fields.

  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,376 ✭✭✭✭✭


    The photos are not very good. In hand the coin shows mirrored fields and heavily frosted devices on both sides of the coin. It has a golden color with a hint of blue rim toning. If the toning was removed I think the contrast between the black mirrored fields and the white (for a nickel) frosted devices will be very attractive.

    You are correct that 1957 proof nickels with heavy frost and clear fields are nearly impossible to find. Picking this one up in a 1957 proof set in a Capital holder made my day.

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,388 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good eye!

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  • CameonutCameonut Posts: 7,235 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Tough date - good luck!

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  • WaterSportWaterSport Posts: 6,655 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Glad for you!


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  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,376 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I picked up multiple coins today.

    After getting home I removed the haze and toning from the 1957 nickel. It looks great and Cameo worthy.

    I also picked up a 1953 nickel; a 1955 quarter; a 1958 dime and quarter; a 1961 cent, nickel and dime; a 1962 quarter; and a 1967 nickel, quarter and half. These coins all are Cameo worthy.

    I also picked up a toned 1962 proof nickel and two MS 1964 half dollars that are wildly toned (AT but colorful) for modest money.

    Photos attached.

  • pointfivezeropointfivezero Posts: 1,525 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @SanctionII - did this happen to be the Concord CA show today?


  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,376 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Yes, that was the show.

  • pointfivezeropointfivezero Posts: 1,525 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great pickups - I was there this morning with my brother-in-law. No purchases but a great lead on a dream coin.

    I liked the new location too.

    Sorry I missed you.


  • MaywoodMaywood Posts: 1,561 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Kevin, based solely on those new images of the 1957 Jefferson I see a PR66 non-cameo.

  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,376 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Given that PCGS is very reluctant to give out Cameo designations you may be right.

    The 1953 and 1957 nickel will be sent in for grading. Hopefully both will receive the designation.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @SanctionII ... You got a lot of coins there... Good luck with your submission - be sure to let us know the results. Cheers, RickO

  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,376 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Went back to the local coins show on Saturday afternoon. I looked through about 100 1953-1955 OGP boxed proof sets in a dealer's inventory. Ended up buying some sets that contain likely Cameo cents, nickels, quarters and half dollars (interesting that there were no dimes). When I get some quiet time I will harvest these cherries and put them in flips and set them aside for possible grading down the road.

    Cell phone photos of these new cherries will eventually be posted to this thread.

  • neildrobertsonneildrobertson Posts: 1,146 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 12, 2023 9:13AM

    Whoops! I totally forgot there was a show this weekend.

    I went cherry picking for actual cherries instead over in Brentwood. It was a late season due to a cool spring. Peak ripeness was probably a few days ago, when it's normally a week or so earlier.

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  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,376 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 12, 2023 5:27PM

    Went through the proof sets and the possible Cameos include

    1954 cents - 3
    1954 nickels - 2
    1954 quarters - 2
    1954 halves - 3
    1955 cent - 1
    1955 nickel - 1
    1955 quarter -1
    1955 half - 1

    Plus there is an eye appealing 1954 half with a Cameo appearance, but it has golden obverse toning and and shallow reverse fields that would prevent a Cameo designation.

    Some of the coins have haze in them that needs to be removed.

    A nice harvest of some eye appealing mid 1950's proofs.

  • ConnecticoinConnecticoin Posts: 12,418 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @SanctionII said:
    I picked up multiple coins today.

    After getting home I removed the haze and toning from the 1957 nickel. It looks great and Cameo worthy.

    How did you remove the haze? Quick dip in E-Z-Est then rinse in acetone?

  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,376 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For silver and nickel coins, diluted E-Zest with a long rinse in tap water.

    For copper, leave it be.

  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,376 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Group photos of my new cherry picks from last Friday and Saturday. All very eye appealing, with at least some of the worthy of a Cameo designation.

  • tcollectstcollects Posts: 677 ✭✭✭✭

    I like how you collect coins

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