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    Elusive 1872 Liberty Eagle PR65 Deep Cameo

    1872 $10 PR65 Deep Cameo NGC. A supremely preserved two-toned specimen that combines dramatic eye appeal with irrefutable rarity. Struck with the pinpoint sharpness expected of a proof, the sparkling yellow-gold surfaces were obviously carefully preserved by generations of collectors, in spite of financial panics, world wars, and even a great depression. Future identification of this particular representative is made easy by a nearly straight lint mark to the left of Liberty's chin and a curly-cue lintmark on her nose. Of course, these minor disturbances have no effect on the coin's technical merits and are mentioned primarily for reasons of pedigree.
    In determining the importance of the proof 1872 Ten Dollar the normal demand associated with a particular date and denomination is compounded due to the extreme rarity of business strikes, a coin that is at least as challenging as its paltry mintage of 1,620 pieces would suggest. Only a handful of Mint State pieces have been certified by both leading grading services combined, one of the finest of which we had the privilege of selling twice, a PCGS MS62 from the Floyd Starr collection tracing back to legendary dealer Henry Chapman. Since no Choice to Gem examples were available, even a century ago, major early collections (most notably Garrett and Eliasberg) concentrated on the acquisition of high quality proofs. The provenance of this outstanding specimen is unknown, but we should point out that it came to us with the PR64 Deep Cameo 1872 Double Eagle being offered later in the session. Its place among the most exciting gold offerings in this year's FUN sale is quite secure. Census: 1 in 65 Deep Cameo, 1 finer (11/05).(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 28FA, PCGS# 98812)

    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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    Auction Dates
    January, 2006
    4th-7th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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