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    1871 Liberty Eagle, PR64 Deep Cameo
    Only 10-12 Specimens Extant
    Ex: Trompeter

    1871 $10 PR64 Deep Cameo PCGS. This is a date that is very seldom seen in either business strike or proof format. Only 1,790 business strike Liberty eagles were produced in 1871 and a meager 30 proofs were minted. Far fewer than the original mintage of 30 pieces exist today though. Akers estimated only 7-8 have survived, while Breen believed that as many 10-12 might still be extant today. We have identified 10 distinct specimens in our roster below, two of which are impounded in Museum collections and three that are impaired to some degree. In any case, the 1871 is one of the rarest dates in the entire With Motto type as a proof.

    This is an exceptionally attractive example and the finest 1871 proof we have ever offered. This piece has a tiny planchet flake above the second 1 in the date that can serve as a pedigree identifier. Deeply mirrored, the richly frosted devices create a strong cameo contrast on each side. The design elements are sharply detailed throughout and the vivid lemon-yellow surfaces show only insignificant signs of contact. This coin should find a home in the finest collection or Registry Set.

    Roster of Proof 1871 Liberty Eagles
    1. Choice Brilliant PR65. Possibly Harlan Page Smith Collection (S.H. & H. Chapman, 5/1906), John H. Clapp; Clapp estate, Louis Eliasberg via Stack's in 1942; United States Gold Coin Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1982), lot 736.
    2. PR64 Deep Cameo PCGS. Ed Trompeter; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/1999), lot 8233; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 6/1999), lot 6589; Exclusively Internet Auction (Heritage, 4/2001), lot 2498; Exclusively Internet Auction (Heritage, 11/2001), lot 1585; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2002), lot 8320, the present coin.
    3. PR64 Deep Cameo. National Numismatic Collection, Smithsonian Institution, purchased from the Mint on February 10, 1871, grade by Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth.
    4. PR64 PCGS. Hebbeard Collection (H.P. Smith, 4/1883), lot 382, part of a six-piece gold proof set; T. Harrison Garrett; Robert Garrett; John Work Garrett; Johns Hopkins University; Garrett Collection (Stack's, 3/1976), lot 441; Harry W. Bass, Jr.; Harry Bass Collection, Part II (Bowers and Merena, 10/1999), lot 1522; Harry Bass Collection, Part IV (Bowers and Merena, 11/2000), lot 698.
    5. Proof. Byron Reed; City of Omaha; Byron Reed Collection (Spink America, 10/1996), lot 163.
    6. Brilliant Proof. N.M. Kaufman Collection (RARCOA, 8/1978), lot 881.
    7. PR58 NGC. FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2012), lot 4985;
    8. PR45. Peake Collection (New Netherlands, 6/1955), lot 152; Norweb Collection, Part II (Bowers and Merena, 3/1988), lot 2199.
    9. PR40 ANACS. Gilhousen Sale, Part I (Superior, 2/1973), lot 700; Harry Bass Collection, Part III (Bowers and Merena, 5/2000), lot 671; FUN Signature, 1/2005), lot 9316.
    10. Proof. A specimen in the collection of the American Numismatic Society, previously from R.C.W. Brock and J.P. Morgan.


    Other Appearances
    A. Proof. George Seavey, part of a complete proof set purchased from the Mint in 1871; Seavey Illustrated Catalog (William Strobridge, 6/1873), lot 833; Lorin G. Parmelee, who purchased the collection intact in 1873; Parmelee Collection (New York Coin & Stamp, 6/1890), offered in lot 1376, along with the half eagle and quarter eagle proofs from Seavey's set.
    B. Impaired Proof. Thomas Cleneay Collection (S.H. & H. Chapman, 12/1890), lot 518, probably the same as number 7, 8, or 9 above.
    C. Proof. Thomas Cleneay Collection (S.H. & H. Chapman, 12/1890), lot 422, part of a six-piece gold proof set.
    D. Proof. William B. Wetmore Collection (S.H. & H. Chapman, 6/1906), lot 155, part of a six-piece gold proof set.
    E. Proof. David S. Wilson Collection (S.H. Chapman, 3/1907), lot 331, part of a six-piece gold proof set.
    F. Impaired Proof. F.C.C. Boyd; World's Greatest Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 1/1946), lot 676, probably the same as number 7, 8, or 9 above.
    G. Proof. William Cutler Atwater Collection (B. Max Mehl, 6/1946), lot 1449; H.R. Lee Sale (Stack's, 10/1947), lot 1526.
    H. Proof. Memorable Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 3/1948), lot 570.
    (Registry values: P4) (PCGS# 98811)

    Weight: 16.72 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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

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