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    Exceptionally Rare 1881 Liberty Half Eagle, Proof Format

    1881 $5 PR63 PCGS. If the business strike 1881 is known for its commonness, the proof 1881 owes its desirability to rarity. The Philadelphia Mint produced just 42 proof Half Eagles this year, with Breen (1988) estimating that no more than 15 coins are extant. The present Select quality representative is even more important to specialists because a few of the extant examples are impaired to one degree or another. The devices are fully struck, as one would expect for a proof, and the color is a rich, original, yellow-gold shade. Both sides exhibit deeply reflective fields, but only the reverse displays any degree of appreciable cameo contrast. The number of distracting surface blemishes is fewer than one might expect for the assigned grade, but pedigree concerns compel us to mention two tiny distractions in the obverse field: below Liberty's chin and between stars 8 and 9.
    Ex: 1995 Anaheim ANA Signature Sale (Heritage, 8/95), lot 5407, where it was graded PR63 Uncertified. (NGC ID# 28CJ, PCGS# 8476)

    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
    July, 2002
    27th-30th Saturday-Tuesday
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