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    PCGS 1910 Gold Proof Set PR 64. A four-piece gold proof set consisting of the quarter eagle, half eagle, eagle, and double eagle. All struck with the bright Roman Gold finish peculiar to this and the previous year. The coins all have a similar appearance and the PCGS numbers are sequential, leading us to conclude that this is most likely an original four-piece set that has somehow survived intact for 84 years. We are selling the four coins as a set, and it is our hope that they will remain together, for as impressive as each piece is individually, the impact of all four pieces together is even greater than the sum of the parts.
    The quarter eagle shows a tiny planchet flake out of the field at the point of the Native American's chin, and there are a few wispy hairlines that are only visible with a magnifier. An impressive coin and conservatively graded.
    The half eagle shows a tiny smattering of darker color, probably tiny grease stains (as struck) in the obverse field around star 6. On the reverse there are a couple of islands of brilliance where the sandblast finish did not take, but these could not technically be considered as "shiny spots" as that term is used in relation to matte proof gold.
    The eagle has a subtly variegated orange-gold and lilac color on the obverse. The only surface flaws we see are a thin cut in the field out from stars 1 and 2 on the obverse, and a minute planchet flaw to the right of the M in UNUM. The double eagle apparently derives its grade from a couple of thin hairlines above the sun's rays in the left obverse field, and a single hairline in the right obverse field. There is also a tiny planchet flake above the eagle's head on the reverse.
    Taken as a set this is a very impressive group of coins that is conservatively graded, and problem-free except for the few imperfections mentioned above. As 20th century gold specialists know, the Roman Finish imparted a brighter sheen to the coins, and the double eagle is especially dazzling in that regard. Also, as most specialists recognize, the mintages for these coins is far higher than their availability, leading most experts to agree that either the mintage figures were wrong in the first place or the vast majority of proofs from this year were melted as unsold at year's end. Obviously, this is an opportunity of the greatest importance. We are uncertain how long it has been since an original set of this year was sold intact. Eliasberg and Garrett had original sets, but they were broken up and sold individually. An exceptional opportunity for the 20th century gold specialist.

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

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    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    July, 1994
    27th-30th Wednesday-Saturday
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