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    Superb Matte Proof 1908 Half Eagle, One of the Finest Known

    1908 $5 PR67 NGC. First year of issue for the European-inspired matte finish, which had previously been used by the Mint only on medals. The matte finish took collectors by surprise, and it did not take long for them to express their dissatisfaction to Mint officials, who made a change in 1909 and 1910 to the so-called Roman Gold finish. Of the 167 proof half eagles that were struck, we estimate that more than 100 examples still remain today. This is one of the finest examples known with only nine other pieces so graded and one piece certified finer. This piece has the typical khaki coloration common to 1908 proof gold, and the striking details show definition that only a proof is capable of displaying. Each side is devoid of any noticeable shiny spots or contact marks--essentially this is a perfectly preserved proof.(Registry values: N10218)

    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.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2006
    26th-29th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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