Rare PR64 Cameo 1860 Half Eagle
1860 $5 PR64 Cameo NGC. Regardless of the date, proof No
Motto half eagles are elusive. Official mintage records place the
total production for 1860 at just 62 coins. Some of them were
melted as unsold by the Mint, leaving the net mintage even smaller.
Garrett and Guth believe that "the majority" of the 62 coins were
melted and suggest that as many as 10 examples survive today. In
addition to coins in the Smithsonian Institution and the ANS, we
are aware of these examples: Eliasberg, lot 496; Amon Carter, lot
678; Garrett, lot 482; Norweb, lot 862; and Ullmer, lot 447. The
Atwater, Flanagan, and Morgenthau (sale 418) coins Breen mentions
may be different from the others enumerated here. The Harry Bass
specimen is the Ullmer coin.
Perhaps 10 Examples Survive Today
This coin, formerly in the Lake Highlands Collection, has a small Mint-made flaw in the left obverse field at eye level. Another small flaw appears at the border outside star 2. A third appears below the digit 0 in the date. All three of these flaws are virtually identical to those in the plate of the Bass coin, although they are different specimens. In the past, we have referred to them as "pedigree identifiers," but now we suggest merely that such surface marks, obviously as struck, might assist in tracking the pedigree of a specific coin.
The present example exhibits a few other marks unseen on the Bass plate. One is a small lint mark in the right obverse field, immediately to the right of the top most hair strand behind Liberty's neck. The reverse has a tiny disturbance on the rim below the pellet between U and F.
The present example is a lovely and choice proof example with strong cameo contrast. The devices are lustrous with medium yellow color, while the fields are fully and deeply reflective. A few other scattered lint marks do little to diminish the broad eye appeal. Census: 2 in 64 Cameo, 1 finer (7/11).
Ex: Lake Highlands Collection/ANA Signature (Heritage, 4/2006), lot 1932, which brought $60,375.
From The Oliver Collection.(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 28BV, PCGS# 88450)
Weight: 8.36 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
View all of [The Oliver Collection ]
Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)
Sales Tax information | NGC Coin Grading Guarantee | Terms and Conditions
Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments
Glossary of Terms
Buyer's Premium per Lot:
15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.
Opens about 01/02/2018
- Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
- Bid online
- Free Collector newsletter
- Want List with instant e-mail notifications
- Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
- Cash Advances
- More Bidders
- Trusted Experts
- Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
Learn about consigning with us
I want especially to thank you for your courtesy and professionalism. I felt taken care of.View More Testimonials
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)