1872 Liberty Half Eagle, PR63 Cameo
1872 $5 PR63 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Only 30 proof Liberty half
eagles were struck in 1872, a modest mintage in absolute terms, but
fairly generous in the context of the series. It is doubtful if
more than half that number survive today in all grades, including
several pieces in impaired condition and at least three in
institutional holdings. This coin claims an illustrious pedigree
going back to the 19th century, with famous owners including Louis
E. Eliasberg, Sr. and Ed Trompeter.
The present coin is sharply detailed throughout, with the date diagnostically positioned slightly below center, with the numerals 1 and 8 nearly touching at bottom. The frosty devices stand out dramatically against the deeply reflective fields. A few minor hairlines are visible on close inspection, but they do little to detract from the outstanding eye appeal. One of just two Cameo proofs for the issue at PCGS. Population: 1 in 63 Cameo, 1 finer (11/15).
Ex: New York Coin & Stamp; purchased by John M. Clapp in 1896; John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. in 1942, via Stack's; Ed Trompeter Collection; Heritage Auctions, circa 1998; private collection; ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2015 as PR63 Cameo NGC CAC), lot 4362.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 3ZLM, PCGS# 88467)
Weight: 8.36 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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