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SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,596 ✭✭✭✭✭

Set #1 - Toned






Set# 2 - Frosty








  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,322 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love the toning on set 1, I like 👍

  • The_Dinosaur_ManThe_Dinosaur_Man Posts: 821 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Set 1 has a real pretty penny.

    Custom album maker and numismatic photographer, see my portfolio here: (http://www.donahuenumismatics.com/).

  • HashTagHashTag Posts: 374 ✭✭✭✭
  • davewesendavewesen Posts: 5,676 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Are these cherrypicked coins to fit what you wanted or just groups of 5 that you got together?

    I see many sets with 0, 1 or 2 coins that could fit in one of these groups but never 5.

  • Put me on the list for set #2, I've started looking for late 50s ish proof sets, but it will take me some time to come up with anything close to yours. I just hope I don't get the toners, they are really unappealing to me. So how many proof sets do you think you went through to amass, say just set #2?

  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,596 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The coins in the two 1960 Proof Sets pictured above came from multiple sources.

    For the toned coins the half dollar, quarter and dime came from the same source.

    In mid 2021 I purchased from a dealer some 1954 - 1960 proof sets that the dealer had recently purchased (less than a month before I purchased them from the dealer) from a collector who had acquired the coins directly from the mint. The collector placed the proof coins in Wayte Raymond albums. There the coins stayed until mid 2021 (over 60 years).

    All of the coins in the 1954-1960 proof sets (except the nickels) developed gorgeous toning. The 1960 toned half dollar, quarter and dime were in a Wayte Raymond album. The cent in the Wayte Raymond album is also toned, but I did not include it in this forum post because I like the one I did post better.

    The toned cent posted above is one I found in an OGP proof set. It is wildly toned, especially the reverse. It also has frosted devices and mirrored fields. I am surprised it straight graded.

    The toned nickel posted above is one of two I found in OGP proof sets earlier this year. Its sibling looks identical to it (they both toned in the same manner) and it graded PF66. A photo of the PF66 coin is:

    Both nickels have mirrored fields and frosted devices. In hand under good lighting both nickels glow.

    For some reason the 1954 - 1960 nickels in the Wayte Raymond albums did not tone at all. They look out of place compared to the other toned coins in each set.

    I have posted threads showing toned proof sets for 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, and 1958. For the most part the toned cents, dimes, quarters and half dollars shown in those thread all came from the Wayte Raymond sets I purchased in mid 2021.

    I submitted the coins in those proof sets (except the nickels) for grading in 2022. Most of them graded PF66 or PF67.

    Purchasing those proof sets was one of my better purchases.

    I also have another toned 1960 half dollar. I purchased it raw earlier this year. It graded PF66 and it looks similar to the toned PF67 set forth above. A photo of the PF66 coins is:

    For the untoned coins shown above, they did not come from the same source. Those coins (except the half dollar) are coins I cherrypicked raw from proof sets (OGP and after market) and singles over the past 25 years. I acquired them at local shops and at local, regional and national coin shows in the Western USA during business and personal travels. In 2021 I started submitting the best of these cherrypicked coins for grading. Once these coins graded I joined the Set Registry. It has been hobby fun for me in doing the above.

    As for the half dollar, I purchased it from Modcrewman. He made that coin from a raw cherrypick he made. When he made a 1960 PF68DCAM his PF67DCAM became available. I acquired it to upgrade a PF67CAM example I had made.

    As for the question of how many proof sets I looked through to assemble Set #2 shown above, I have no idea. Over 25 years I would say I have looked through thousands of proof sets.

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