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    Eye-Catching PR66+ 1910 Half Eagle

    1910 $5 PR66+ NGC. Seventh of nine in an original 1910 proof set. In broad terms, the 1910 is among the more accessible proof Indian half eagle issues, though a collector who goes solely by the mintage figure of 250 pieces will be misled; the contemporary unpopularity of the "Roman Gold" proof finish meant that many more coins were struck than sold. In addition, the matte proof finish is more distinctive than its Roman Gold counterpart, and the Roman Gold pieces could easily be spent as "nice-looking coins" rather than the distinctly separate matte proofs.
    Those words apply to general rarity, and the proof 1910 half eagle is also a natural condition rarity in grades better than Gem. This new-to-the-market specimen is the sole PR66+ coin in the combined certified population, though the grading services have also affirmed a handful of numerically finer examples. Nonetheless, this piece also shows a number of rewarding qualities that make it one of the most appealing representatives of the issue.
    The luster is a touch brighter than usual with more diffuse reflectivity, though no collector would mistake the fields for mirrors. Light yellow-gold surfaces take on an orange cast at certain angles to the light, though this is generally faint. Impressively preserved with few flaws, though a delicate surface disturbance is noted below the T in UNITED on the reverse. Census: 1 in 66+, 5 finer (8/11).
    From The Wesson Collection.(Registry values: N7079)

    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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    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    8th-11th Thursday-Sunday
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