1885 LIBERTY SEATED 10C, LEGEND PR66 Cameo
GEM WHITE CAMEO. ONLY 930 STRUCK.
NGC Graded Higher:
In 1885, Ulysses S. Grant passed away just days after completing his memoirs. Grant had recently declared bankruptcy due to being conned into taking out a large loan for a business partner that then absconded with it. Though Grant died in debt, his memoirs became a best seller and earned his estate a substantial chunk of change. This 1885 dime recalls the passing of a war hero and American President.
Like its Stars Obverse predecessor, the proof Legend Obverse Seated Dime series spans two noncontinguous time periods. The latter type was produced in the Philadelphia Mint from 1860-1873, and then again from 1875 through the series' end in 1891. (The brief gap was due to the addition of arrows on both sides of the obverse date in order to signify a slight weight increase for the denomination.) Examples of this type are the most numerous proof Seated Dimes in today's market, and they are eagerly sought by collectors and investors alike.