1866 Liberty Half Eagle, PR64 Ultra Cameo
1866 $5 PR64 Ultra Cameo NGC. CAC. Ex: Trompeter. The design
of the half eagle was changed in 1866 to include a scroll on the
reverse featuring the motto IN GOD WE TRUST, an important
consideration for type purposes. The proof mintage was increased
slightly, to 30 pieces, but the 1866 proofs remain almost as rare
as the No Motto issues of previous years. Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth
estimate a surviving population of just 10-12 examples in all
grades, with two of those coins in institutional collections and
unavailable to collectors.
30 Pieces Struck, Ex: Trompeter
The present coin was once included in the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It was deaccessioned and sold in the 1976 ANA Convention Auction by Stack's and acquired by legendary proof gold collector Ed Trompeter. The design elements exhibit pinpoint definition throughout and the devices have a frosty texture that contrasts profoundly with the deeply mirrored fields. This coin has a pronounced wire rim. The rich yellow-gold surfaces show a few minor hairlines that do little to detract from the outstanding eye appeal. Census: 1 in 64 Ultra Cameo, 2 finer (4/15).
Ex: Boston Museum of Fine Arts; ANA Convention Auction (Stack's, 8/1976), lot 2990; Ed Trompeter Collection; Heritage Auctions, circa 1998; private collection.
From The Ed Trompeter Collection of Proof $5 Liberties.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 37WZ, PCGS# 98461)
Weight: 8.36 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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