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1910 Half Eagle, PR68+
1910 $5 PR68+ NGC. JD-1, R.4. The mintage of the 1910 matte
proof half eagle is recorded as 250 pieces, although a number of
these were undoubtedly melted as unsold. This issue is no more
plentiful than the 1909, which boasts a distribution of only 78
pieces. Moreover, the majority of the survivorship resides in PR64
to PR66, with just a handful of pieces in PR67. NGC lists four
coins in PR68, including this Plus-designated piece, with none
finer. PCGS has not certified any coins in this grade, meaning that
the Simpson specimen offered here is the sole finest 1910 proof
half eagle certified (6/20).
The Sole Finest Example Known
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity
Only one other PR68 specimen has ever appeared at auction. It was last seen in a September 2013 Bonham's sale where it realized $146,250. The cataloger of that piece referenced this example as one of the three other PR68 coins then known, and the population in this top grade has remained unchanged since. Even so, with two of the pieces reported in PR68 never having appeared publicly, one begins to wonder if a duplication is not represented in the reported figure of four coins.
In any case, the Simpson coin is unrivaled in its status as finest known. It is fully struck with rich honey-gold coloration and a satiny sheen across the fields. The finely granular texture is diagnostic of the 1910 proofs, being similar in appearance to the satin finish employed in 1909 and distinctly brighter than the sandblast finish of 1908 and 1911. Moreover, the preservation of the surfaces on this piece is apparently flawless to the human eye, complementing the boldly rendered devices and rich color. This piece represents an historic offering for the Registry collector and matte proof Indian specialist. No other 1910 proof rivals this example in either technical quality or eye appeal. Census: 4 in 68 (1 in 68+), 0 finer (5/20).
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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