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    1909 Half Eagle, PR64
    Only 40 to 50 Proofs Known

    1909 $5 PR64 PCGS. Proof half eagles of 1909 and 1910 are of great interest to gold collectors because of the type of finish used in just these two years. Once referred to as the "Roman Finish," it is, visually, a cross between a brilliant and matte proof, giving the coin a semibrilliant, satiny appearance with a microgranular texture under a loupe. The finish was produced by striking the coins on planchets that received no special polishing before coinage, and then foregoing the sandblast process that had been performed in 1908; one could argue the proof finish of the 1909 and 1910 half eagles is no finish at all. In the past, these coins have occasionally been confused with high-grade circulation strikes, although the trained eye will notice a distinct difference in the texture.

    The 1909 also stands out with one of the two lowest mintages of the proof Indian half eagle series: 78 coins. PCGS estimates that only 40 to 50 pieces survive in all grades today, making this a true proof gold rarity. This is a pleasing example for the grade that shows only a few light lines in the fields when viewed beneath a loupe. The satiny straw-gold surfaces show a trace of pale olive-green color. Population: 14 in 64, 15 finer (1/18).
    Ex: Palm Beach Signature (Heritage, 11/2004), lot 8539.
    From The Glacier Park Collection. (Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25ZS, PCGS# 8540)

    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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