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    1895 Half Eagle, PR66 Cameo
    Only 20 to 25 Examples Extant

    1895 $5 PR66 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Proof half eagle mintages remained below the 100-coin mark through 1895 (just 81 pieces struck), as few individuals could afford to set aside coins with such a high face value strictly for numismatic purposes. The streak was broken in 1896 when 103 five dollar proofs were struck, setting a precedent for later dates in the series. Garrett and Guth (2006) estimate that 20 to 25 proofs from this issue are extant, many of which grade at the PR64 level. Two 1895 half eagle proofs are housed in the Smithsonian and are therefore unavailable to collectors. This PR66 Cameo representative is tied with just one other coin for finest at PCGS (2/15).

    Watery fields contrast starkly against relief elements coated in a thick layer of mint frost. The resulting Cameo effect is compelling. Each side features orange-gold coloration overall with occasional deeper hues interspersed. A handful of minuscule alloy spots occur throughout, but there are no noteworthy contact marks.
    From The Big Sky Collection.(Registry values: P2)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28CZ, PCGS# 88490)

    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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    April, 2015
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