1909 $5 PR68 NGC....
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The inability of some to distinguish between business and specimen strikes of the two issues may mean that a not-insignificant number of the proofs were inadvertently lost to circulation. In the case of the 1909, we estimate just 30-40 survivors, examples of which have been graded from PR63 through PR68 at the two major grading services.
This piece is tied for the single finest proof 1909 five dollar at NGC and PCGS (2/09)--or that figure may represent one coin presented twice for grading and certification. It is easily one of the most appealing specimen strikings we have ever offered. The surfaces are pleasingly bright for the finish, with considerable satin texture evident. The strike is full in all areas, and outwardly distracting and/or grade-limiting blemishes are nonexistent. It is solely for pedigree concerns that we mention a tiny swirl of overlying color in the obverse field at the upper left corner of the first digit in the date. Medium intensity orange-gold shadings blanket both sides. Census: 2 in 68, 0 finer (2/09).(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 25ZS, PCGS# 8540)
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