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    1860 Gold Dollar, PR66 Ultra Cameo
    Deeply Contrasted Early Proof

    1860 G$1 PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC. Numismatics was on the upswing in 1860, but of the Mint's reported production of 154 proof gold dollars, perhaps only 25 to 30 survive today. The art of coin collecting in its modern form was in its infancy, and the first few collectors of American coinage were largely focused on the "old copper" cents and half cents, Colonial coinage, and Washingtonia. The collecting of what was then-modern proof gold was viewed in some numismatic quarters as a mildly distasteful aberration.

    Bowers notes that "perhaps Proofs were also distributed elsewhere, such as when the Japanese ambassador visited the Mint and received a full Proof set of the year, and others in his retinue possibly received single Proofs." The present Premium Gem Ultra Cameo is one of the three finest in this classification at NGC, and none are finer (3/13). The finest Deep Cameo at PCGS is a sole PR65 coin. This piece is deeply contrasted with appealing medium yellow-gold color and thick mint frost against an absolute minimum of post-Mint marks. A couple of tiny lint marks in the field are as struck, as is a small indented planchet defect on the leaf left of the bow.
    From The Fairfax Collection.(Registry values: P4)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25E3, PCGS# 97610)

    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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