The matte surfaces of this coin show a fine-grain texture and this coin is even a bit darker in color than the preceding PCGS Proof 66 1912, each year seeming to grow progressively deeper in hue than the previous ones. Gone are the brighter yellows, reds, and blues of the earlier years, to be replaced with an industrial grade steel-gray patina overlaid across the otherwise subdued orange-gold surfaces. If the intention of the matte proof process was to redirect the viewer's attention away from the flash of the brilliant, mirrored finished proofs and focus on the striking details, then we would say the effort was a success. This coin greatly resembles a medal with its finish and overall strength of striking details. The surfaces seem to be perfect with no apparent contact marks on either side. There is a mild variation in the color of the gold/copper alloy with a slightly mottled color being most apparent on the reverse.
Only three coins have been certified as Proof 66 as of June (all are PCGS) and none are finer which, of course, means this coin is tied for the finest certified of this rare and highly coveted issue. (NGC ID# 28HH, PCGS# 8895)
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