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    1911 Matte Finish PR67 Five Dollar
    Nearly Perfect, Finely Granular Surfaces

    1911 $5 PR67 NGC. The Mint experimented with many proof finishes in the early years of the 20th century. The artistic, European flavor of proof coins of this era is much appreciated by collectors today, but it did not find favor with contemporary numismatists. In 1911, the Mint abandoned the Roman Proof finish used in the previous two years, and returned to the darker Matte Proof format. The coins exhibit a finely grained surface texture and exquisite sharpness of detail. Unfortunately, collectors continued to reject these innovations, as they preferred the old brilliant proof format.
    The proof mintage of 1911 was a mere 139 coins. Despite the small mintage, this issue is still the second most available proof date of the series, behind the 1908. Walter Breen notes proofs of 1908-1915 are much rarer than those of the preceding decade. Even the small recorded mintage totals do not convey the true rarity of these issues. Breen suspects the pieces were not recognized as proofs by many heirs, who may have unwittingly spent them, or turned them in during the Gold Recall of 1934.
    Bela Lyon Pratt was the designer of this attractive, unusual design. Many numismatists did not appreciate the unique, incuse design feature. Samuel Hudson Chapman alleged the design was unhygienic and would not stack. These allegations proved false, and the basic design remained unchanged until half eagle production was discontinued in 1929.
    The present coin is a marvelous representative of this rare issue. The dull, matte finish seems to add to the quality of realism Pratt aimed for with this design. The detail is crisp and impressive on all devices, and especially on the headdress and eagle's wing. The dark, honey-gold color catches the eye enticingly. Overall, this coin is virtually unimprovable. Census: 11 in 67, 3 finer (10/10).(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28E5, PCGS# 8542)

    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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