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    Elusive 1881 Proof Half Eagle

    1881 PR 63. A very rare proof date with only 42 pieces struck. Of that number estimates of survivors range from "very rare" (Akers) to "fewer than 15" (Breen). Only 8 proofs have been certified by both grading services combined. This is a visually stunning proof with very deep fields and virtually no contrast on the devices, much like many of the post-1901 issues. There are a few wispy hairlines in the fields and a couple of microscopic handling marks, but these are very minor. The deeply mirrored surfaces reflect a nice, orange-peel effect and are accented with deep, orange-gold patina. A beautiful, choice proof example of this rare date. (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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    August, 1995
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