How many times have you come across a 1954 proof Franklin with unattractive toned surfaces?
Too many if you ask me! The 1954 proof Franklin is known to have a purplish hue, or if tried being conserved left with a brown film of ugliness. There are examples out there that do offer gorgeous jet-black fields. This is where I would direct you head on your hunt for the Ultimate example. Toning is always an added bonus and can bring high premiums only if the toning is attractive. If the toning is unattractive it can actually bring the value down. Who wants an ugly coin? Surprisingly there are those out there that do not care about eye-appeal and buy the holder and not the coin. In my book, this is a recipe for disaster! Eye-appeal is always a key ingredient.
1954 Franklin NGC PF 68 STAR CAMEO CAC
Here we have the fifth edition of one of the most phenomenal proof Franklin collections in history. Earning a Star for phenomenal intense ULTRA CAMEO contrast on the obverse! Finding a 1954 proof Franklin with this level of contrast is extremely rare. NGC has only certified 85 total examples in all grades of Ultra Cameo. NGC has only certified 15 examples to date in PF 68 ULTRA CAMEO. There are no examples to date certified in PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO by NGC. Do you see just how rare this coin right here is? This example borders on ULTRA CAMEO! The obverse is ULTRA! Extremely rare in this condition. The reverse features solid frosted cameo devices. The fields are jet-black with spot-free, haze-free surfaces. There is a touch of turquoise and golden-orange attractive toning between the "B" and "E" in Liberty on the obverse. The eye-appeal is absolutely incredible. Only 54 1954 proof Franklins in 68 CAMEO have earned a CAC sticker.