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    Gem Proof 1908 Indian Half Eagle

    1908 $5 PR65 PCGS. This is one of four splendid Matte Proof 1908 gold coins in the present sale, representing all four denominations. These are offered individually within each denomination section. Mintage of this issue totaled 167 coins, although an unknown quantity may have been melted a short time later. In his Complete Encyclopedia, Walter Breen quoted from Charles Elmore Green's Mint Record and Type Table. Green reported that fewer than 100 gold proof sets were sold in 1908, and the rest were melted on January 2, 1909. This is certainly probable for many fewer examples survive today.
    This Gem Proof has medium yellow-gold color with an extremely fine grained matte finish. A faint scratch is visible on the obverse, but no other imperfections are noted. Obviously, the design is fully struck, just like it appeared in the dies.(#8539) (Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28E3, PCGS# 8539)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2004
    4th-6th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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