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    1865 $5 PR 64 PCGS. The 1865 proof five is obviously very rare, with a mintage of only 25 pieces. Of that number, only 10 specimens are believed to be extant today. Its rarity and desirability are further enhanced by the rarity of 1865 business strikes, of which a mere 1,270 pieces were produced. This is an outstanding, two-toned example whose fields offer illimitable depth of mirrored reflectivity, setting up a sharp contrast against the thickly frosted devices. The devices are intricately detailed in all areas of both the obverse and reverse. A few minor flaws serve both to explain the grade as well as perhaps aid in tracing the pedigree of this important No Motto proof: on the obverse, two small contact marks are noted just to the right of star 2, another is below star 4, and a couple of thin hairlines are seen between the first two stars and the tip of the bust; on the reverse, a hairline extends from the eagle's beak to just below the first S in STATES. We have tried to trace the provenance of this piece, but all we have been able to conclude is what it is not: it is not the Trompeter coin, nor is it ex: Garrett, Norweb, Auction '90, or the September '90 Superior coin. We wish future researchers good luck when attempting to establish a history of this magnificent proof five. (NGC ID# 2XZP, PCGS# 8455)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    September, 1999
    25th Saturday
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