1909 Indian Half Eagle, PR66+
1909 $5 PR66+ PCGS. CAC. After the first year of the matte
finish proved so unpopular with collectors, the Mint switched to
what we know today as the "Roman Finish" style of proofing for gold
coins. This method did not involve treating the planchets, as with
the previous matte finish. Rather, proofs were struck on unprepared
planchets. The striking pressure imparted a natural brightness to
the limited production runs of proof gold. In the case of the 1909
only 78 proofs were struck, and of that number it is estimated that
perhaps 30 or so pieces are extant today in all grades.
Rare Roman Finish Example
The surfaces are bright and show a surprising green-gold tint, rather than expected yellow-gold. Just around the margins on each side there is a light, but still noticeable accent of reddish patina. All design elements show razor-sharp definition, as expected of a proof. The surfaces are unmarked as far as we can see, with one exception: A shallow, irregularly shaped planchet flake is seen in the reverse field just above the eagle's tail feathers. This identifier greatly simplifies tracing the pedigree of this important coin. Finer pieces are known, but not many. Each of the major services show only seven pieces in PR66 with a combined 10 pieces finer, one at PCGS and nine at NGC (1/13). Numismatists have slowly begun to realize the absolute rarity of this two-year proofing process and the knowledgeable collector will bid accordingly.
Ex: John H. Clapp Collection, directly from the Mint, December 1909; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; The United States Gold Coin Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1982), lot 621; Raj Collection (Stack's, 8/2011), lot 7697.
From The Fenn Family Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 25ZS, PCGS# 8540)
Weight: 8.36 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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