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Here Is A Wowie! Complete Classic Proof Set For Sale.

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 Posted 08/26/2022  4:54 pm Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Not often one can find a complete 1888 proof set in original condition these days, but that is exactly what Spink's of London has up for auction in a matter of a couple of weeks.

https://www.spink.com/lot/22888001888

Spink Auction #22888 on September 15, 2022

All coins have been graded by NGC and range from PF64 to PF66. By complete set this includes all the gold pieces too - 13 coins in total.

From Spink: "This is conceivably the last remaining intact set in private hands and matched only by the 'mint fresh' sets held by the American Numismatic Society and Smithsonian Museum, this set accompanied by contemporary custom fitted case of issue embossed in gold Gothic script "John Robert Fletcher", latterly incorporated in a Spink and Son custom case to house the NGC 'Fletcher holders"

That is what I call a WOWIE set of coins. Only $200K to kick off the bidding gang, that is less than half of what it is expected to bring in.
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 Posted 08/26/2022  5:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IndianGoldEagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, only in my dreams.
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 Posted 08/26/2022  5:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Yokozuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Holy proof sets, Batman!

This is amazing! I'm going to watch this one just for the fun of it. Estimated sale price of $300,000 to $500,000 seems incredible and reasonable at the same time. This is just something I never really thought of as a proof set.

Thanks so much for posting!
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 Posted 08/26/2022  6:13 pm  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I wish the custom Spink case that was created based on the case in the photos to house the coins in their new plastic tombs, and mentioned in the description was included in the photos. I imagine they didn't spare much in expense having the new case built to mimic the old style. It must be pretty big to hold 13 plastic holders too.

Yokozuna - I agree, found it and set up a watch on my calendar, - an item far, far out of my wheelhouse but still a rare and interesting set, looking forward to seeing how strong the market is on this one.
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See my want page: http://goccf.com/t/140440
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 Posted 08/26/2022  6:20 pm  Show Profile   Check jacrispies's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is an incredible group of coins!!
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 Posted 08/26/2022  6:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
When can I start bidding ?
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 Posted 08/26/2022  8:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jason39305 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is one handsome set! I'll be interested to know what it goes for.
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 Posted 08/26/2022  9:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Absolutely stunning set.
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 Posted 08/26/2022  9:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Couple hundred grant is too low for this set, especially in todays' climate of coin mania and inflation. I expect a minimum $1,000,000.
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 Posted 08/26/2022  9:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Set should never be broken up.

With aggressive marketing, could well pass the upper estimate of $500k.
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 Posted 08/27/2022  12:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wayyyy outside my wheelhouse, but a stunning set. thanks for sharing westcoin.
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That's a beautiful and well-matched set. Very impressive!
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 Posted 08/27/2022  06:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Beautiful set of coins - thats a great start on a 19th century proof type set in one date.
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 Posted 08/27/2022  12:56 pm  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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thats a great start on a 19th century proof type set in one date


Only missing a few for that project, Half Cent, Large Cent, Two Cent Piece, Three Cent Silver, half dime, Twenty Cent Piece, a Seated dollar, Trade dollar, and possibly the Stella $4 gold? (Unless that is counted as a pattern, which I think it should be).

Then there are the Motto and No Motto Seated coinage varieties, the Bust coinage would be tough to get, bust dime, quarter and half in proof would be expensive as well as other varieties of proof gold, am I missing any of the top of my head for other proof 18th century coinage? Not counting the Stella (pattern) or Motto varieties, that's only 8 more coins, doable I think.
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See my want page: http://goccf.com/t/140440
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