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    Key Date 1915 Matte Proof Five, Another Gem From The Trompeter Collection

    1915 PR 65 NGC. Ex: Trompeter. The 1915 proof half eagle has the lowest mintage of the series with only 75 pieces reportedly struck. It is universally believed to be the rarest date in the series, and there is some archival data to suggest that many 1915s and some unsold 1914s were sent to the Mint's melting pot in January 1917. It is widely believed that somewhere between 12 and 20 proofs survive of this date, numbers most likely based on Akers' report of 21 appearances in auction. However, we believe the actual number of survivors to be somewhere on the order of 25 to 35 coins.
    This is the final year of the matte proofing process, a process that was never popular with contemporary collectors, but has stood the test of time and is highly respected today as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the U.S. Mint in the last 150 years. There is no noticeable difference to our eyes in the quality of the matte finish this year as opposed to previous ones (as mentioned in the description of the 1914 above); again, the primary difference being one of color from one year to the next. This is an enchanting coin that has a bright sparkle to the surfaces and shows a significant presence of green-gold color. There are traces of a wire rim at the upper obverse. The coin is identifiable by a small, faint streak from the top feather that points beyond the Y; also, there is a small spot between the feather and the ninth star, and a vertical hairline scratch is located to the left of the eagle's beak on the reverse.
    This coin combines the best of all possible worlds. It is not only a solid gem proof, but is also the key date in the series as well as being tied for third finest certified. Population: 5 in 65, only 2 finer (both 66s, with one PCGS PR 67).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28E9, PCGS# 8546)

    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 Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 1998
    24th-25th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
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