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    1862 Liberty Half Eagle, PR66 Ultra Cameo
    Single-Finest Certified at Either Service
    Ex: Trompeter

    1862 $5 PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC. Ex: Trompeter. Ed Trompeter owned perhaps the most magnificent collection of proof U.S. gold coins ever assembled. It was virtually complete for all series from 1858 forward. This task is even more difficult than implied by the tiny mintages, since many, if not most, proof gold coins were eventually spent by their owners during hard economic times or melted. Heritage purchased a significant portion of the Trompeter collection in 1998, including all of the proof half eagles. These were sold intact to a private collector circa 1999. Although mint records assert that 35 proofs were struck, survivors are of the greatest rarity. PCGS has certified just four examples, and NGC has certified eight coins in all grades, almost certainly including some resubmissions and crossovers (4/15). Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth estimate the surviving population at 10-12 specimens in all grades, including two coins in the Smithsonian Institution and another one in the collection of the American Numismatic Society.

    The 1862 proof dies are identified by a raised center dot on the third vertical shield stripe. This impressive Premium Gem is the finest-certified example, with impeccably preserved yellow-gold surfaces. The devices are prominently frosted throughout, creating a dramatic cameo effect with the deeply reflective fields. The strike is sharp in most areas, but a touch of softness shows on the eagle's right (facing) claw and the top of the hair bun. Faint die polish lines, as made, criss-cross the fields. Given the paucity of auction appearances of this desirable proof issue, the opportunity to obtain a high quality specimen is indeed fleeting. Registry Set enthusiasts should bid accordingly. Census: 1 in 66 Ultra Cameo, 0 finer (4/15).
    Ex: Ed Trompeter Collection; Heritage Auctions, circa 1998; private collection.
    From The Ed Trompeter Collection of Proof $5 Liberties.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 28BX, PCGS# 98452)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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