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    1857 Gold Dollar, PR66 Deep Cameo
    Finest of about 10 Known

    1857 G$1 PR66 Deep Cameo PCGS. This piece is easily the finest known proof 1857 gold dollar. PCGS has certified one in PR63, three in PR64, and this one in PR66 Deep Cameo (11/15). NGC has certified two graded PR64 Cameo, three in PR65 Cameo, and one in PR66 Cameo. None of those other certified pieces can match the quality and overall aesthetic desirability of this incredible example.

    The Philadelphia Mint began commercial production of gold proof coinage about 1860, although mintage quantities for 1858 and 1859 certainly increased a small amount. Very few proof gold pieces of any denomination were coined in 1857. Most students of the series believe that about 10 proofs survive of this issue. A few of the great collections of the past had a proof.

    Only a few recent auction appearances are recorded, including a PR65 that we offered in April 2015 at our Central States Signature sale. Before that, we had not handled a proof 1857 gold dollar since the PR64 that we offered in 2007. Auction records at PCGS Coin Facts include just eight appearances over the last 25 years.

    This Premium Gem Deep Cameo proof is an amazing jewel. The design features are intricately defined with full hair and feather detail on the obverse, and bold details of the wreath on the reverse, exactly as James Barton Longacre intended for this design. The devices are frosted and highly lustrous with deeply mirrored fields that show only trivial planchet flakes. Population: 1 in 66 Deep Cameo, 0 finer (11/15).(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 47PM, PCGS# 97607)

    Weight: 1.70 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
    January, 2016
    6th-11th Wednesday-Monday
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