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    1910 'Roman Finish' Five Dollar, PR67 ★
    Rarely Seen Two-Year Proof Finish

    1910 $5 PR67 ★ NGC. The official mintage for proof half eagles from 1910 is the highest of any date of its type, listed at 250 pieces. This figure is either incorrect or a great many were melted at year's end as unsold; the 1910 is approximately twice as rare as the 1908--of which fewer pieces were struck--and of equal rarity with the 1909, with only 78 proofs officially minted. Akers only recorded 17 auction sales of proofs over the decades he surveyed major gold auctions, and while more examples obviously exist, we estimate that no more than 50-55 coins are extant in all grades. Our own database includes 70 certification events, representing approximately 50 individual coins at public auction. The year 1910 continued the two-year tradition of using the Satin or Roman Gold finish on gold proofs, although at least one specimen is known with a dark-grained matte finish. Many business strikes were similarly finished, but there can be no doubt about the method of manufacture of this lovely, fully struck proof. The surfaces have a very fine granular texture and appear to be essentially as struck. With the unaided eye, one fails to notice any blemishes, spots, or shiny areas that might lessen this splendid coin's pristine status, but under magnification, a microscopic flyspeck is mentioned in the obverse field under the ER of LIBERTY. This is noted for pedigree purposes only. Census: 5 in 67, 3 finer (6/10).
    Ex Heritage (11/2005), lot 2429; 2006 FUN Auction (1/2006), lot 3513.
    From The Bob Simpson Collection.(Registry values: N10218)

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

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2010
    11th-15th Wednesday-Sunday
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