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    1878 Half Eagle, PR63+ Deep Cameo
    Sole Finest Deep Cameo at PCGS

    1878 $5 PR63+ Deep Cameo PCGS. CAC. Only 20 proofs of this half eagle issue were reportedly struck, and it is a certainty that fewer survive today, likely only about half. PCGS and NGC combined have encapsulated just 13 examples in all grades and levels of contrast, though this figure undoubtedly includes resubmissions.

    This Select proof is the sole finest Deep Cameo certified at PCGS. The surfaces are lovely orange-gold color with good overall reflectivity and marked field-device contrast. The strike is well-executed, although a trifle soft on the high points of Liberty's hair. A few thin scrapes appear in the obverse right field around stars 11 to 13, with another in the left obverse field, and a couple of small ticks appear on the profile, together accounting for the grade.

    Our auction archives show just four previous appearances by a proof 1878 half eagle, and all are earlier offerings of this same exact coin. The specialist will want to bid accordingly, as another representative may not become available for a very long time.
    Ex: Fort Lauderdale Bullet Auction (Heritage, 3/2000), lot 546; Central States Signature (Heritage, 5/2000), lot 7717; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2003), lot 4841; Internet Auction (Heritage, 11/2003), lot 11650.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 37X4, PCGS# 98473)

    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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    Auction Dates
    December, 2014
    4th-7th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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