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    1905 Half Eagle, PR66 Cameo
    Few Proofs Known So Fine

    1905 $5 PR66 Cameo PCGS. The proof 1905 half eagle had a fairly low mintage for the period (108 coins), many of which have not survived. The PCGS population report estimates 75 to 100 examples are extant in all grades, but this number seems generous in light the fact that only 79 pieces have been encapsulated by the two leading services in all grades (8/15), including an unknown number of resubmissions. Most of the certified population is lacking in noticeable field-motif contrast, and Cameo examples represent only about 34 percent of the certified population. Overall, our archives show previous sales of only 17 coins in the past 20 years, the majority of which grade just PR64 or lower, with several impaired. That figure also includes reappearances of previously offered coins, so the auction rate of individual specimens is even lower. The Smithsonian Institution contains two pieces, neither of which grade finer than PR64, per Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth. Another example is out of collectors' hands in the American Numismatic Society.

    This Premium Gem Cameo is among the finer-known examples of this 20th century proof. Both sides display deep honey-gold color and fully mirrored fields. The strike is sharp, and the satiny devices provide just enough contrast to warrant the appropriate designation from PCGS. No marks or bothersome hairlines are present, delivering incredible eye appeal. An important opportunity to acquire a high-end example of this elusive 20th century proof. Population: 2 in 66 Cameo, 1 finer (8/15).(Registry values: P1) (NGC ID# 3YDP, PCGS# 88500)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2015
    17th-20th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 33
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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