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    1874 Gold Dollar, Gem Proof
    Only 20 Proofs Struck, The Only PCGS PR65

    1874 G$1 PR65 PCGS. The incredibly low proof production of this issue is only 20 coins, and 139 years later the 1874 gold dollar proof is rare in all grades. A quick check of our Permanent Auction Archives underscores just how elusive the issue truly is. In the past 17 years we have only offered one proof 1874 gold dollar, this same piece in 2009. Indeed, this coin may be the only other Gem offered at public auction since a Bowers and Merena auction in May 2000. Writing in 2006, Garrett and Guth noted that "only four coins have been offered at public auction in the last decade. Two of those auctioned off were in the fabulous Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection."
    The present piece is a golden Gem with bright yellow-gold fields and deeper orange devices, presenting an appealing contrast. Struck on a striated planchet, the surfaces are nearly flawless and, in fact, appear even finer than PR65. This piece is the only Gem specimen of the issue certified at PCGS, and there are none finer (11/12). There are three PR64 pieces, including one PR64 Cameo and two non-Cameo coins.
    Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2009), lot 2396.
    From The Ives Devos Collection.(Registry values: P8) (NGC ID# 25EH, PCGS# 7624)

    Weight: 1.67 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, 2013
    9th-14th Wednesday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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