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    1910 Half Eagle, PR64
    Radiant Roman Finish Proof

    1910 $5 PR64 PCGS. Although the brilliant "Roman Gold" finish was used for the entire 250-piece proof mintage in 1910, the existence of a solitary matte proof coin confirms the Mint was experimenting with different proof formats in 1910, as it was in 1909 as well. The public response to the brilliant finish -- which was neither satiny nor mirrorlike, but somewhere in between -- was lukewarm at best. In 1911, a darker, matte finish returned to the Indian Head proofs.

    The incuse design of this example is extremely sharp, displaying the the smooth fields and the sunken devices to their best advantage. The surfaces show a lemon-yellow coloration that is both pleasing and strikingly untoned. A few minor, hair-thin lines are visible with a glass but do not distract from the visual appeal. Population: 12 in 64, 11 finer (1/15).(Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28E4, PCGS# 8541)

    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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