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    The Garrett-Bass 1867 Half Eagle

    1867 $5 PR65 PCGS. Ex: HW Bass, Jr. Collection. This is a prize proof half eagle, surviving from a mintage of just 50 coins. Today, probably only about 15 examples can be traced, and the present specimen is clearly one of the best. The fields are deeply mirrored around frosted and highly lustrous devices, with light orange toning over brilliant yellow-gold surfaces on the obverse, and deeper rose toning over much of the reverse. The surfaces are unimpaired, with a tiny curved lint mark at the base of Liberty's neck. A tiny copper toning spot is confined to the obverse border at star 2, convenient for pedigree tracking, yet small enough to be hidden by the holder.
    This specimen from the Garrett and Bass Collections combines rarity and quality, as well as an excellent pedigree dating to just 16 years after the coins were struck. It still resides in the same holder that it was in before November 2000, when the final part of the Bass Collection was certified by PCGS. At the time, PCGS had not yet begun assigning the Cameo or Deep Cameo designations to proof coinage. In today's grading environment, this example will almost certainly benefit from resubmission for the Cameo designation. Population: 2 in 65, 1 finer, graded PR65 Cameo (7/06).
    Ex: Hebbeard Sale (Harlan P. Smith, 4/1883), lot 380; Garrett Collection; Johns Hopkins University (Stack's, 3/1976), lot 418; Harry W. Bass Jr. (Bowers and Merena, 11/2000), lot 495.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 28C4, PCGS# 8462)

    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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