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    1889 Half Eagle, PR65 Cameo
    Captivating Contrast

    1889 $5 PR65 Cameo NGC. CAC. JD-1, R.6. The mintage of proof half eagles in 1889 (45 pieces) dropped sharply from the previous five years. Only 18 to 22 specimens are thought to survive (Dannreuther, 2018). That estimate is in line with NGC/PCGS population figures that show 23 certified coins. Dannreuther writes: "This year had a reduction in proof coinage, but a severe reduction in coins for commerce, as the 45 proofs were accompanied by only 7,520 circulation strikes."

    Uniform brass-gold coloration adorns each side of this charming Gem Cameo proof, and an exacting strike leaves bold definition on the devices, all of which display stunning contrast with the mirrored fields. A few unobtrusive marks likely prevent an even finer numerical grade. A field tick to the lower right of star 3 and a couple more between stars 12 and 13 are mentioned strictly for pedigree purposes. This coin's captivating eye appeal will elicit serious interest among aficionados of proof gold. Census: 2 in 65 Cameo, 1 finer. CAC: 2 in 65, 0 finer (11/19).
    Ex: Palm Beach Signature (Heritage, 11/2004), lot 8471; Houston Signature (Heritage, 12/2009), lot 1705
    From The Joan Zieg Steinbrenner Collection, Part II. (Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 28CT, PCGS# 88484)

    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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