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    1883 Five Dollar, PR63 Cameo
    Only 18 to 22 Pieces Believed Extant

    1883 $5 PR63 Cameo PCGS. JD-1, R.6. The proof 1883 half eagle is rare in any condition. Since our Permanent Auction Archives began in 1993, we have handled an example on only nine occasions. The mintage for this issue was 61 pieces, but fewer than half of those coins are believed to survive. PCGS estimates a population of 25 to 30 coins, although John Dannreuther provides a stricter suggestion of 18 to 22 pieces, based off of auction appearances and certification totals. For many collectors, grade and degree of cameo contrast are unimportant, as finding any example of this issue is challenging enough by itself. The present piece displays pleasing contrast and sharp definition. The fields are deeply mirrored, although scattered light contact marks determine the numeric grade. Rich orange-gold coloration joins brighter yellow hues on each side. Population: 1 in 63 Cameo, 1 finer; 0 in 63 Deep Cameo, 4 finer (11/19).(Registry values: P3)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28CL, PCGS# 88478)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2020
    8th-12th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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