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 Posted 10/15/2009  10:30 am Show Profile Check traevin's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add traevin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Probably a dumb question, huh?

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 Posted 10/15/2009  10:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jokingjoker to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Deep Cameo
The term applied to coins, usually Proofs and prooflike coins, that have deeply frosted devices and lettering that contrast with the fields - often called "black and white" cameos. Specifically applied to those 1950 and later Proofs that meet deep cameo standards (DCAM).
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 Posted 10/15/2009  11:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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 Posted 10/15/2009  11:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DNA to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Lots of people pay lots of money to third-party coin grading services
to ask if they have "DCAM" Proof (or Prooflike) coins...
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 Posted 10/15/2009  12:59 pm  Show Profile Check SeatedNut's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add SeatedNut to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Jen,

No dumb questions here ... that's in the by-laws.

Deep Cameo (DCAM) is a term applied to proofs and Deep-Mirror Proof-Like (DMPL) is applied to circulation strikes. It is a simple as black and white. The devices (lettering, profiles, eagles, etc.) have a satin finish and do not reflect light the same as the mirrored fields. If you hold a DCAM coin at an angle to the light source, the devices will shine white from all angles and the fields will only reflect light to your eye at one angle. So when viewed with the light not reflecting into your eye, the fields appear almost black and the devices almost pure white. This contrast is highly desired in proofs and only comes from the first coins off new dies. As the dies wear the satin finish on the devices wears smooth and the reflective properties are more like those of the fields.

Nothing beats a picture to better 'splain things. Here are two DCAM coins (one silver and one gold). Note the dramatic contrast between the fields and the devices. Hope this helps.



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 Posted 10/15/2009  2:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jcook54 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Again, no such thing as a dumb questions. If there were I would be guilty of asking them all the time. When you come across terms like that (there are a bunch) you can check the glossary link on the toolbar at the left side of your screen. Whenever I go through it I see terms and definitions that I've never used or seen. If you can't find it someone in these forums will know and maybe even add it.
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 Posted 10/15/2009  8:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tumbleweedtrumpet to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is not a dumb question. I didn't know it either.
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There are no dumb questions! I always say that I'd rather ask a question and sound dumb than keep my mouth closed and act dumb! We're all here to learn, and being a fellow newbie, I have a lot of questions too, and the people here have always been quick and eager to answer. That's why I love this place!
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 Posted 10/16/2009  08:30 am  Show Profile Check traevin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add traevin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
jcook54,

Thanks for the glossary tip :)

Jen
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