Found a really nice 1877 in our travels on the bourse floor. It does indeed have strong contrast.
The mirrors are strong and beam from all over. They have great clarity, cleanliness, and of course strong reflection. If you twirl the coin, the mirrors look like a freshly formed sheet of ice glistening in the sun. There are NO spots. Miss Liberty and the details are sharply struck and have good frost. The eye appeal is wonderful!
Only 510 pieces were minted of this Proof ONLY date. PCGS 49, NGC 62, CAC 34. The last PCGS CAC piece to sell in auction brought $5,640.00 04/2014. Do not let the pops (including the CAC pops) fool you, this is a VERY difficult date and grade to find. We last handled one back in early 2013. Opportunity knocks loud here!