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    1873 Liberty Five, PR65 Ultra Cameo
    Only 25 Examples Struck
    Ex: Carter-Trompeter

    1873 $5 PR65 Ultra Cameo NGC. Ex: Trompeter. From a limited mintage of just 25 pieces, the 1873 proof Liberty half eagle is a very rare coin in all grades today. All the half eagles were struck for inclusion with the proof sets, which were delivered on February 18, and all examples seen feature the earlier Closed 3 in the date. Walter Breen reports the obverse die was used on both proofs and business-strikes. NGC and PCGS have combined to certify 25 examples in all grades, some in impaired condition, but Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth note:

    "The number of coins certified by the major grading services can be ignored for this issue, as they are highly inflated by resubmissions. It is the authors' experience that the 1873 half eagle is just as rare as the issues from the previous few years."

    Probably no more than 12-15 examples are extant, with one coin in the Smithsonian Institution, another in the collection of the American Numismatic Society, and a third piece reported in the cornerstone of a building in Lansing, Michigan. Another specimen was reportedly included in a complete proof set presented to the government of India, further reducing the supply of coins available to present-day collectors.

    The coin offered here traces its history to the famous Amon Carter Family Collection, sold by Stack's in January of 1984. Noted proof gold specialist Ed Trompeter purchased this piece there and retained it in his legendary specialized collection for the rest of his life. This coin was obtained from his estate by Heritage Auctions around 1998 and was sold to a private collector shortly afterward. This piece is tied with two other coins at NGC for second place in the Condition Census for the issue (4/15). The design elements are sharply detailed, save for just a touch of softness on the arrow fletching. The devices display rich mint frost that contrasts boldly with the deeply reflective fields. The bright yellow-gold surfaces show minimal signs of contact, and a minor scratch on the bust tip, above the 1 in the date, is the only useful pedigree marker. Eye appeal is truly outstanding. Census: 3 in 65 Ultra Cameo, 1 finer (4/15).
    Ex: Amon Carter Family Collection (Stack's, 1/1984), lot 685; Ed Trompeter; Heritage Auctions, circa 1998; private collection.
    From The Ed Trompeter Collection of Proof $5 Liberties.
    (Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 26JN, PCGS# 98468)

    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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