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    1913 Five Dollar Indian, PR67
    Rarely Seen Matte Proof
    Only 99 Pieces Produced

    1913 $5 PR67 NGC. The new reference on proof gold by John Dannreuther places emphasis not only on the rarity of matte proof gold, but of the ease of selling such pieces as this one. His comments also serve to underscore how rare the opportunity is for a single consignor to have an apparently original four-piece set of these coins in consecutively numbered holders. John's comments on matte proofs in general are:

    " ... when superb and original Matte Proof gold coins are offered, they sell quickly if they make it to a coin show, but usually are traded via a phone call. They are very salable, so they do not appear in auction very often unless they are from a collection."

    The mintage of 1913 proof half eagles is a memorable 99 pieces. Like the proof quarter eagle also in this set, estimates of the number of survivors varies widely. The more traditional estimate is in the range of 30 to 40 pieces. However, Dannreuther's new reference considerably raises that estimate to 60 to 75 individual pieces known. While the same comment regarding the average (high) grade encountered for the quarter eagle is true for the half eagle, there are far fewer coins available in Superb condition. Only nine other PR67 pieces have been certified by NGC, and a mere three pieces have been graded by PCGS. Only one coin has been certified, a single PR68 at NGC (10/18).

    The surfaces show the expected mustard-tan color. The matte finish has fine granularity, as expected from all matte proofs from 1913. Since this piece is certified three points shy of perfection, one might expect a couple of pedigree identifiers, but we just do not see anything that is remotely worthy of mention. Another exceptional opportunity for the collector of proof gold.(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28E7, PCGS# 8544)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2019
    9th-14th Wednesday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 17
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