Outstanding Cameo Proof 1870 Cent1870 Indian Cent. Snow-PR1, the only known dies. Proof-66 RD Cameo (PCGS).This is a phenomenal example of an issue that is scarce in Gem preservation. On this special coin, the fields are deeply reflective, but the devices are set apart with a soft satin texture. Cameo contrast is particularly bold under a light, although it is appreciable at all viewing angles. Wonderfully original, the obverse in drenched in rich olive-orange color while the reverse is a bit lighter in pinkish-rose. Expertly preserved and close to pristine, this remarkable Proof set would do justice to the finest numismatic cabinet.All known Proof 1870 Indian cents were struck from the same reverse die that the Mint used to produce restrikes of the famous Proof 1864 L on Ribbon (Snow-PR2, the fabulous Norweb specimen of which is offered above as part of the ESM Collection). The estimated mintage for this issue is 1,000 coins, in keeping with the number of silver Proof sets prepared that year. Regarding the rarity of the Gem Cameo specimen offered here, Rick Snow (2014) perhaps said it best:"Early die state pieces have cameo contrast and are very scarce. Original full red examples are also difficult to find. Many have subdued color and average eye appeal."A find for the discerning collector and worthy of the strongest bids.Provenance: From the ESM Collection.PCGS Population: 4; 0 finer in this category.PCGS# 82299. NGC ID: 229N.Click here for certification details from PCGS.