1887 $20 PR65 Deep Cameo PCGS. CAC....
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Proof-Only Issue, Ex: Dr. Loewinger
Sole Finest Certified at PCGS
The present coin represents the final major Type Three design as produced until superseded by the Saint-Gaudens double eagle coinage of 1907 through 1933. While considerably more proof specimens are encountered than of the 1866-1876 Type Two (TWENTY D., With Motto) pieces and the 1849-1876 Type One (TWENTY D., No Motto) coinage, proofs of the Type Three are still quite rare. The 1887 is also one of the proof-only issues in the series; no business strike were produced. Likely two dozen to 30 examples survive today in all grades, according to PCGS. That service as of this writing (2/12) has certified 18 submissions of the 1887 proof double eagles in all grades. The present piece is the finest certified Deep Cameo at PCGS, and the only PCGS Gem Deep Cameo. NGC has certified four pieces as PR65 Ultra Cameo or finer.
This coin, provenanced to the former collection of Dr. Robert Loewinger, an expert on proof U.S. gold, shows the gold-on-black contrast that is so desired (and admired) in proof gold coinage, here portrayed to maximum effect on these largest and most impressive of U.S. gold coin denominations. Extensive scrutiny, including under a high-powered loupe (required to make the attribution below) leads one to the inescapable conclusion that this coin appears to be high-end and conservatively graded, although it does reveal only these minute pedigree markers that enable the below identification. Two tiny, dotlike indentations -- mentioned strictly for matching purposes, as they are barely noticeable and completely undistracting -- are noted on the obverse. One is in the field near the southwest point of star 3; the second is in the field about midway between stars 12 and 13, slightly southwest of star 12 and nearly due north of star 13. Liberty's cheek is smooth and clean, and all devices are thickly frosted, with profoundly mirrored looking-glass fields. This coin represents a significant opportunity to obtain what must be among the most aesthetically pleasing of U.S. coins, a coin that is nearly unimprovable both from a numerical grade perspective as well as a desirability point of view.
Depicted in Proof Gold Coinage of the United States by Robert J. Loewinger, M.D., on page 72 to illustrate the Longacre-Barber design Liberty Head, Motto on Reverse double eagle coinage of 1877 to 1907.
Ex: Dr. Robert J. Loewinger Collection / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 3145, which realized $161,000.
From The William D. Plumley Collection.(Registry values: P5) (PCGS# 99103)
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