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    Compelling 1908 Matte Proof Half Eagle, PR64

    1908 $5 PR64 NGC. The year 1908 marked the beginning of the Mint's experimentation with differing finishes for proof gold coinage. The proof surfaces of 1908 featured a dark, fine-grained sandblast or matte finish, one that was disliked by collectors but saved in considerable numbers. The present piece shows some tan-gold coloration with a tinge of olive that is typical for the issue. A couple of minute luster grazes are noted on the obverse--one on the Indian's jawline, one before the nose--and a larger graze in the left (reverse) field near the E in the motto. Otherwise the surfaces are smooth, distraction-free, and compelling. Census: 18 in 64, 61 finer (4/07).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# BYJ6, PCGS# 8539)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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

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    May, 2007
    9th-12th Wednesday-Saturday
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