Proofs of this year continue the two-year tradition of using the Roman Gold finish, a hybrid matte and semi-brilliant proofing process that produced beautiful coins, but were all too often confused with business strikes by careless collectors or their heirs. This piece is a little more satiny than the 1909, and minutely deeper and richer in color. The surfaces are nothing less than spectacular with a bright, sparkling finish that is unaffected by even the tiniest impairments. The coin is identifiable by a minute spot located to the left of the tip of the nose, another below the ST of TRUST, and a tiny planchet defect above star 7 (which is scarcely discernable in the holder). Evidently given three blows from the dies to completely bring up the design; traces of the overlapping impressions can be seen on the date, both mottoes, parts of the legend, beak, neck, and leading edge of the eagle's wing. A first-rate specimen of this beautiful, two-year proofing process. Population: 3 in 66, only 1 finer (7/98). (NGC ID# 28HG, PCGS# 8892)
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