The finish of this piece is also similar to the PCGS Proof 67 1911 above. It differs, however, by showing an even mustard coloration over both sides, but is more monochromatic and lacks the overlay of pale lilac seen on the 1911 (except on the left side of the reverse where there is an irregular splash of that color). Again, magnification shows myriad tiny sparkling facets from the sandblast surfaces. This sparkle gives the coin a "life" and sheen that serves as a perfect counterbalance to the otherwise deep coloration on the piece. The surfaces are not perfect, however, and if one looks closely enough a small shiny spot can be made out on the knee of Liberty. In addition there are small (almost microscopic) contact marks evident on the upper torso of Liberty on the obverse and another below the word IN in the motto on the reverse. These are trifling objections, though, and do not disrupt the overall impression of near-perfection that this coin projects. They do, however, serve as an explanation for the grade and inform the viewer why the coin "only" grades Proof 66, when the surfaces are so apparently close to perfection when seen by the unaided eye.
This coin is tied for finest certified honors with 11 other pieces as certified by the combined staffs of both PCGS (6/94), and NGC (4/94). Breathtaking eye appeal in this very rare gold proof. (NGC ID# 26GZ, PCGS# 9209)
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