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    1877 Half Eagle, MS61 Prooflike
    Elusive Low-Mintage Issue

    1877 $5 MS61 Prooflike NGC. CAC. Whether a business strike or a proof, the 1877 five dollar is exceptionally rare. Only 1,132 strikes were produced for circulation and a paltry 20 proofs were struck. The difference between the two formats is not always immediately obvious, but close study shows the business strikes have a centered date and rust pits on the neck of Liberty whereas the proofs show rust pits on the chin of Liberty.

    With such a small mintage it is not surprising that prooflike business strikes exist. NGC has certified seven Prooflike coins from AU55 to MS62, and one in MS66 Prooflike. This is the second time that we have offered this piece, along with one other piece, out of three NGC certified examples. The fields are remarkably deep in their mirrored reflectivity and the striking definition is strong on the obverse with slight softness noted on the eagle's plumage. A few small abrasions are scattered over each side but none are worthy of singular mention. Census: 3 in 61 Prooflike, 2 finer (1/20). (NGC ID# 25WZ, PCGS# 78342)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2020
    20th-23rd Thursday-Sunday
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