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    Splendid "Roman Gold" Proof 1909 Five Dollar

    1909 PR 66 NGC. Ex: Trompeter. Struck in the rare and highly coveted "Roman Finish" used only in 1909 and 1910, the surfaces of this piece are much lighter in color than the 1908 and also more minutely granular, this finish being a curious mixture between a brilliant and matte proof, giving the coin a semi-brilliant, satiny appearance. These coins have often been confused with high-grade business strikes, but seen side by side one can easily see a difference in the texture of the surfaces. Only 78 proofs were made, the 1909 being a rarer issue than other dates from 1908-13. We estimate that probably 30-40 pieces still exist today of this rarely seen issue.
    The coin has a wire rim on the right portion of the reverse, and a small lint mark is noted at RU in TRUST, crossing the tail of the R. An impeccable, boldly struck, first class example that is worthy of the finest collection of proof gold.

    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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    Auction Dates
    September, 1998
    24th-25th Thursday-Friday
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