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    Finely Granular Matte PR66 1912 Five Dollar Indian

    1912 $5 PR66 NGC. After the Mint returned to the matte process of proofing in 1911, the gold coins from 1912 continued this method of production. When one closely examines matte proof gold, it becomes apparent that year-to-year there were sometimes minute and sometimes large variations in the finish employed. This is more than likely from whom was in charge of sandblasting in that particular year, rather than a conscious decision about a particular finish for that year. This piece, like other 1912 matte proof gold coins shows a fine, sparkling granularity.
    Though official records give the mintage for the 1912 half eagle in matte finish as 144 proofs, the survival rate is low, though various authorities debate exactly how low. Gradually, estimates of 15 to 20 pieces have given way to higher ranges, though few believe the actual population consists of more than 40 specimens. (Population figures are obviously inflated by numerous submissions). Regardless of the real number of survivors, many of them appear in higher grades, with Gem proof as a baseline. This is a delightful Premium Gem example of an issue Heritage has offered just 12 times before, sharply struck with subtly shimmering, butterscotch-colored matte proof surfaces with just a hint of red added also. A few faint, light disturbances appear under magnification, but the delicate surfaces appear essentially untouched to the unaided eye. Census: 12 in 66, 17 finer (12/07).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 28E6, PCGS# 8543)

    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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    January, 2008
    9th-12th Wednesday-Saturday
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