1901-S $1, DM MS (PCGS# 97277)

PN Silver Dollar Session

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Lot Description
1901-S $1 MS66 Deep Mirror Prooflike PCGS. Ex: Jack Lee. Though its proximity to the Philadelphia issue of the same year has caused this San Francisco date to be somewhat underrated, the series enthusiast knows well how elusive it can be. It lends itself to condition rarity at the MS66 level, and Prooflike pieces are highly elusive; combine the Premium Gem grade with Deep Mirror Prooflike reflectivity, and the result is outstanding. The surfaces are outstanding, of utmost importance for collectors who appreciate the delicate mirror fields, which so often show myriad handling ticks. Not so here, as the surfaces are excellent, and Liberty's cheek and neck are essentially pristine. The coin is faintly champagne-toned over the lower two thirds on the obverse, with the area from her cap and above lighter. On the reverse, the coin has traces of gold patina, primarily around the rim. For the strike, we note minor weakness on the curls over Liberty's ear and similar minor weakness on the eagle's chest, but finding an exactly struck example might not be possible for this scarce 20th century S-mint issue. Easily the single finest Deep Mirror Prooflike representative certified by either NGC or PCGS (11/08), with just five Deep Mirror Prooflikes each graded by the two services and a single MS65 example ranking as the "best of the rest." One could make a plausible argument for either this coin or the lone MS67 exemplar certified by PCGS to be the single most important 1901-S dollar known. Housed in a green label holder. From The Arno Collection. See: Video Lot Description
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