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    1890 Ten Dollar, PR66 Ultra Cameo
    Profound Contrast, Exceptional Quality

    1890 $10 PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC. JD-1, Low R.6. Jet-black fields surround richly frosted devices for strong contrast throughout both sides of this spectacular Ultra Cameo proof. The 1890 mintage of 63 proof eagles was of high quality, and perhaps as many as 25 to 30 of those proofs survive today. The present Premium Gem ranks among the finest certified in Ultra or Deep Cameo format. The rich-gold fields are deeply mirrored with faint orange-peel texture, while razor-sharp motifs provide bold eye appeal.

    Traditionally, 1890 proofs were described as struck from polished dies, particularly in the lower obverse field, around the eye, and at some of the letters in LIBERTY. Liberty's neck curls and lowest bun curls do indeed show die lapping on this coin, as well as in the other areas so-mentioned. As recently as 2017, David Bowers notes: "Most of the field below the portrait also has been polished in the die, and curls behind the neck are incomplete. This characteristic is true of all authentic Proofs."

    John Dannreuther's 2018 United States Proof Coins, Volume IV: Gold (Part Two) does not mention the characteristic, and illustrates an unlapped 1890 example with complete curls. Apparently, both die states exist --perhaps from two striking periods -- with several examples of each among the certified proof population. Census: 6 in 66 Ultra Cameo (1 in 66 , 1 in 66+ ), 0 finer (1/20).(Registry values: P2)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28FV, PCGS# 98830)

    Weight: 16.72 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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