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    1900 Ten Dollar Liberty
    PR66+ Deep Cameo

    Condition Census, CAC-Endorsed

    1900 $10 PR66+ Deep Cameo PCGS. CAC. JD-1, Low R.5. PCGS CoinFacts notes that just 50 to 65 proof 1900 eagles survive from a mintage of 120 pieces. That agrees with John Dannreuther's recent estimate of known survivors -- a curiously low survival rate compared to the surrounding years, when only 86 proofs were struck in 1899, and in 1901 when the proof mintage was 85 pieces. Still, more than a dozen 1900 proofs exist in Premium Gem Deep Cameo or finer, making the 1900 issue a favorite selection for proof gold type. The 1900 proofs showcase one of the Philadelphia Mint's finest years of gold proof production, with some of the most beautifully contrasted gold proofs ever produced by the Mint.

    Perhaps Garrett and Guth said it best, when they wrote in the second edition of the Gold Encyclopedia: "If you're a type collector looking for a nice Proof example of the Liberty Head type, this is one of the best dates to chase after." This is an exquisite example, with smoothly frosted devices that stand out against deeply mirrored fields. The gold-on-black contrast is dramatic when viewed at an angle.

    Sumptuous, rich-gold color and a needle-sharp strike exists throughout both sides. There is a tiny, particulate-sized planchet flake below Liberty's chin -- barely visible to the unaided eye -- that pedigrees the piece as the former Ed Trompeter coin, which brought $41,400 when offered in our January 1999 FUN Platinum Night auction as lot 8262. Previously, it was owned by the Amon G. Carter family and offered as lot 794 in Stack's January 1984 sale of that famous collection, where it was described:

    "1900 Brilliant Proof. 120 specimens struck. A gem specimen in deep greenish yellow gold with pale cloudy toning. A tiny mint-caused flake below the chin. Only very few of the 35-40 specimens known are in this state of preservation."

    Currently, the present example is tied for fourth-finest in the PCGS Condition Census -- a place it shares with the Bob Simpson Collection coin (3/20). While some 1900 Deep Cameo proofs show relapping of the dies, this coin is struck from Dannreuther Die State "a," with fully reflective areas between the shield stripes and no evidence of die polish build-up. Mild traces of orange-peel texture add to the gleaming eye appeal. The current interest in high-grade proof gold is stronger than ever. We expect spirited competition when this splendid, CAC-endorsed and Plus-graded Premium Gem is called.(Registry values: P1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28G7, PCGS# 98840)

    Weight: 16.72 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    April, 2020
    23rd-26th Thursday-Sunday
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