1910 $5 PR67 NGC....
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The Mint attempted to placate collectors by altering the finish in 1909 and subsequently in 1910. The finish on these pieces lacked the sandblasting seen in 1908. Rather, the coins were struck from special blanks and special dies, but there was no post-striking treatment. The result was a "bright" proof, as Mint personnel termed it.
This new finish was not appreciated by collectors either. In fact, it was disliked even more than the previous matte finish, particularly because the coins were not easily distinguishable from circulation strikes. This negative reaction had Mint officials jumping through hoops once again, and in 1911 they reverted to the matte finish. But for two years, proof gold was struck with this special process, so minimal it was almost a non-process. Special blanks and special dies created bright, shimmering coins. To the untrained eye, they do appear superficially like circulation strikes--except for the razor-sharp definition and uniformly bright surfaces.
The surfaces on this piece are bright yellow-gold with a fine-grain texture to the surfaces. We see no obvious or mentionable defects on either side of this magnificent coin. A rare opportunity to acquire an Indian half eagle struck in this rare, two-year proofing process. Census: 5 in 67, 4 finer (1/08).
From The Southwest Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (PCGS# 8541)
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