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    Charming PR67 1912 Half Eagle

    1912 $5 PR67 NGC. This true gold rarity, a 1912 half eagle is struck with a bright yellow matte finish, producing perfectly even color and surface texture. Putting this Superb Gem through its paces with a magnifier will confirm the impressionistic charm of myriad facets that flash like twinkling stars when examined under a light. The interlocking facets are placed at various angles, causing the twinkling effect when the coin is examined.
    Of extreme importance to this coin is the high quality of the surfaces. Of the 144 proofs struck in 1912, perhaps 10% to 20% retain the superb surface quality shown here. Most show evidence of contact marks or hairlines from careless handling or cleaning. Not so here: The surfaces are nearly perfectly preserved, and this coin is likely unchanged since the day it was coined.
    History buffs recognize 1912 as an important year in which the "unsinkable" British ship Titanic met its fate on its maiden voyage. Just before midnight on April 14, the enormous vessel sank after striking an iceberg, taking more than 1,500 lives with it. At the Mint, preparations were under way for a new nickel, the Indian design with the bison reverse. Meanwhile, normal operations continued, including the production of 144 proof Indian half eagles.
    Early 20th century proof gold coins are nearly impossible to trace through the sweep of time; early auction photographs, when present, are too poor for pedigree tracing, and each of these proof coins appears identical, even when viewed together. What we do know, is that the present coin was carefully preserved since the time of issue. It has survived unscathed by luck of the draw and by an unbroken chain of owners who understood the care that the delicate surfaces require. The present coin is nudged out from the finest graded by three other pieces and has earned its current elite status as one of 21 Superb Gems reported between the two major grading services. Census: 15 in 67, 3 finer (6/09).
    Ex: Heritage (4/2006), lot 2902.
    From The Wisconsin Gold Type Set Collection.
    (Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (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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