1886 Twenty, Proof
1886 $20 -- Altered Surfaces -- NCS. Proof. Just 1,000
business strikes and 106 proofs were struck by the Philadelphia
Mint in 1886, making this date one of the unquestioned keys in the
series. Date collectors and proof specialists alike compete for the
few remaining specimens. Estimates range from 20 to 25 proofs
remaining -- a paltry number to satisfy the many collectors still
searching for this rare-date twenty.
Extremely Low Total Mintage
NCS correctly designated this coin as having altered surfaces. Areas of skillful enhancement possibly include polishing in the upper obverse fields and manipulation of the reverse lettering (which appears bright as opposed to the frosted look of other devices including the eagle, portrait, and obverse stars). Perhaps the work was done to minimize hairlining, which is evident on the lower obverse fields, portrait, and across the lower third of the reverse.
Still, this glittering proof is appealing and a viable choice for those who recognize the extreme rarity of the issue and the difficulty of acquiring an example.
From the collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 26E7, PCGS# 9102)
Weight: 33.44 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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