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Mint Unveils New Proof Technique
April 04, 2013



Is the cameo proof about to be knocked off its perch as the ultimate example of the coiner’s art? For four decades since the U.S. Mint perfected the technique to give all proof coins the cameo effect of white frosted high points on a mirror-like field, it has been the standard proof.

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David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News, Bank Note Reporter and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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