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    Deeply Cameoed Gem 1891 Proof Eagle

    1891 $10 PR 65 PCGS. Ex: Bass. Equally as rare as the 1889, the 1891 proof eagle exists to the extent of perhaps 15 coins today. It seems logical that many of the 48 proofs produced this year remained unsold at year's end and were subsequently melted. This is a simply stunning example with pronounced cameo contrast. Richly frosted, the devices are fully struck over every feature. The fields are deeply mirrored and both sides display even orange-gold coloration. As a die characteristic, we note that the curls at the back of Liberty's neck have been weakened considerably by die polishing. A small grease stain (as struck) over the lowest arrowhead on the reverse is the most useful pedigree marker.
    Ex: United States Gold Collection (Bowers & Ruddy, 10/82), lot 795; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection (Bowers & Merena, 10/99), lot 1625, where it realized $36,800. (NGC ID# 28FW, PCGS# 8831)

    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
    October, 2000
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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