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    Superb 1913 Matte Proof Half Eagle

    1913 PR 66 NGC. Only 99 proofs were reportedly struck in this year, and of course, far fewer survive today. Most authorities assert that some two dozen pieces of this date are still extant, but we believe the actual number may be somewhere in the range of 30-45 coins. It is worth noting that when Akers compiled the data for his magnum opus on the half eagle series he only recorded 18 appearances over a 37-year period, and when Breen published his 1977 book on proof coinage he was unable to find any recent auction records.
    The sandblast or matte finish of this coin is undisturbed by even the smallest imperfections and there are no "shiny spots" on either side. The only flaw we see is a tiny rim bump on the reverse at 9 o'clock. The coin has a pronounced olive-green caste--one is tempted to compare it to the 1908 proof issues--but this is a brighter shade of green than seen on proofs from that earlier year. An exquisite piece of proof gold and obviously very rare. Population: 4 in 66, none are finer (6/96).
    From an original ten-piece proof set of this year, the non-gold coins are consigned as a set elsewhere.

    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.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 1996
    14th-17th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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