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    PCGS 1864 PR 64. This is undoubtedly one of the most important pieces of proof gold in this sale. The 1864 half eagle has a mintage of 50 proofs, but no more survivors are known of this date than others of the era with lower mintages, leading one to conclude that a number of the original mintage must have been melted at year's end as unsold. Breen estimates that perhaps 12-15 proofs may survive in all grades. All proofs of this year share a common diagnostic: a horizontal die scratch below the ear of Liberty. The diagnostic is plainly evident on this coin.
    The fields are deeply mirrored and show only a few stray hairline scratches here and there. The reverse is easily of gem quality. The devices are heavily frosted, giving the coin that impressive white-on-black cameoed appearance so desirable on proof coinage. Population: 9 in 64, only 3 finer. (NGC ID# 28BZ, PCGS# 8454)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    July, 1994
    27th-30th Wednesday-Saturday
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