Proof silver coins of the Civil War era are especially elusive in high grades. It took some effort to buy Proofs then, as Uncle Sam would not accept Legal Tender notes at par for their purchase. Instead, they had to be paid for in gold or silver, available only at a premium from banks and brokers. This 1863 is an especially attractive example with rich turquoise-green and lilac-gray iridescence on both sides of this well preserved Gem Proof. A crisply struck specimen with glassy reflectivity in the fields, evident despite the deep, original patina.