A Terrific and Original 1953 South African Mint Proof Set
I'm a big fan of original proof and mint sets when they contain great looking coins and I like these sets even more when they come with the original packaging, as well. I spend a bit of time looking through these sets, but rarely come up with anything that simply has to be purchased. A while back I shared an original and intact 1937 Canadian Specimen set where all the coins were fantastic and in consecutive PCGS OGHs. That thread is here.
In this thread, however, I will share a terrific 1953 South African Mint proof set that I was able to obtain complete with the blue leather box with embossed gilt. The coins must have laid undisturbed for quite a while as even the interior tissue paper, which can sometimes be found with these sets, was not only pristine, but the impressions of the coins were neatly embedded into the layers of paper. I was delighted at the price quoted and decided to have the coins certified by PCGS and even had them go through the TrueView process as well. Below are the TrueView images for the complete 11-piece set, which is the first set to feature Queen Elizabeth II.
In honor of the memory of Cpl. Michael E. Thompson