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    1880 Half Eagle, PR67 Cameo
    Tied With One Other for the Finest Known
    Rare in All Grades

    1880 $5 PR67 Cameo NGC. Relatively few of the 36-piece proof Liberty Head half eagle production of 1880 have survived the ravages of time. Breen, in his 1988 Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins writes that: "Possibly fewer than 10 survive." The PCGS website gives a more generous estimate of 18 to 22 known examples. NGC and PCGS, however, report a combined total of just 11 pieces. The former service shows a near-Gem Cameo, two Gem Cameos, two Premium Gems (a Cameo and an Ultra Cameo, and two Superb Gem Cameos. PCGS reports a PR61 and PR63, a PR62 Cameo, and a near-Gem Cameo.

    Very few 1880 proof half eagles have been offered at auction, evidenced by the Heritage Auctions archives. Indeed, the archives lists only 21 examples, mostly in non-cameo finish, since its inception in 1993.

    The Superb Gem Cameo offering in this lot is one of the two finest examples that have been certified. A subtle blend of yellow-gold and orange-gold color imbued with whispers of lavender and violet visits both sides, each of which displays pronounced field-motif contrast. The design features are boldly delineated, including Liberty's hair, the star centers, the eagle's plumage, and all lines in the shield. Close inspection reveals no marks of consequence on the impeccably preserved surfaces. We mention a minute mark on the lower-right part of Liberty's eyebrow and another on the chin solely for identification purposes. This piece yields great technical quality and aesthetic appeal.
    From The New Orleans Collection.(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 3Z2T, PCGS# 88475)

    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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