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    1897 PR67 Ultra Cameo Ten Dollar
    The Finest Known of This Underrated Date

    1897 $10 PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC. A mere 69 proofs were struck of the 1897 proof ten. A good rule-of-thumb is around 50% of most proof gold mintages remain today. But that is not the case for the 1897 ten. From that already small number, only 29 pieces have been certified by both services as non-Cameo (13), Cameo (8), and Ultra/Deep Cameo (8). That is only 42%, and that assumes every coin certified is an individual piece and not resubmitted, which is clearly not the case.
    The middle to late-1890s saw some of the highest production values ever on pre-World War II proof coinage. The contrast between mirrored fields and frosted devices is remarkable on many (most?) examples, yet there are a handful of astonishing specimens that transcend even this high baseline. This is the single finest proof 1897 eagle in the combined certified population, with only a PR66 Ultra Cameo for company among better-than-Gem specimens regardless of contrast (6/12). The devices are exquisitely detailed. The fields show amazingly deep reflectivity, and set against this is heavy mint frost over the devices; thus yielding the Ultra Cameo designation. This Superb Gem proof shows only a couple of tiny pedigree markers, including a tiny cluster of luster grazes in the forward-middle portion of Liberty's neck, a minuscule lint mark under Liberty's chin, and a check-like flaw in the field below the eagle's left (facing) wing.(Registry values: P1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28G4, PCGS# 98837)

    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
    August, 2012
    2nd-5th Thursday-Sunday
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