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    1879 Gold Dollar, Deep Cameo PR66
    Remarkable Field-Device Contrast
    Only 30 Proofs Struck

    1879 G$1 PR66 Deep Cameo PCGS. CAC. Without exception, every regular-issue proof gold coin dated 1879 is an important rarity. Only 30 proofs of each denomination were coined, and few survive today. Auction records suggest that the proof gold dollars are not as rare as the larger-denomination pieces, although many deceptive first-strike coins exist, some of which have been called proofs in the past. Both proofs and business strikes were produced from the same die pair, creating further confusion.
    However, there is no doubt about the proof status of this beauty. It displays amazingly profound cameo contrast, with brilliant yellow-gold luster on the devices and deeply mirrored fields. This piece is likely the second-finest known, behind a PR66 Deep Cameo that we handled in 2003, which now is apparently in a PR66+ Deep Cameo PCGS slab. There are no finer examples in any designation.
    There are about a dozen examples known, possibly as many as 15, including two in the Smithsonian Institution and one in the Western Heritage Museum, ex: Byron Reed. Others include the Garrett, Eliasberg, Bass, Carter, and Trompeter specimens, all different coins from this piece.
    Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 3768.
    From The Ives Devos Collection.(Registry values: P5) (NGC ID# 25EN, PCGS# 97629)

    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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    January, 2013
    9th-14th Wednesday-Monday
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