1911 $2 1/2
This piece is undoubtedly one of the finest, if notthefinest, single specimen of matte proof coinage we have ever seen from this denomination. The surfaces are perfect as far as we can tell--there are no "shiny spots" (a.k.a. luster breaks), contact marks, or other post-striking impairments. The sparkle of the matte surfaces is interrupted only by a couple of darker spots of color (probably tiny alloy spots) that have no affect on the grade or desirability of the coin. They do, however, provide minute markers that can be used if one wished to trace the pedigree of this important coin. The most noticeable spot is a tiny one between the sixth star and the base of the L in LIBERTY. Another can barely be seen below the collar of the Native American's tunic.
In an offering of the magnitude of the Beverly Hills Collection of Matte Proof Gold it is easy to overuse the term "opportunity," for each coin presents a rare opportunity as all matte proof gold is rare in the absolute sense. This piece, however, presents not only an opportunity in the absolute sense of the word "rare," but also an opportunity to acquire what is undoubtedly one of the finest examples of matte proof coinage in this or any other date. (NGC ID# 289K, PCGS# 7960)
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