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    Starkly Contrasted Proof 1884 Liberty Half Eagle, One of Only 12 Coins Believed Extant

    1884 $5 PR64 Deep Cameo PCGS. This is a simply breathtaking near-Gem whose richly colored surfaces are bathed in reddish-gold and orange-gold shades. The fully struck, frosty textured devices are set against a backdrop of illimitable reflectivity in the fields. Of course, there are few hairlines or blemishes of any size, and the eye appeal alone would easily support a full Gem grade. A tiny circular area (as struck?) in the obverse field before Liberty's chin is noted for pedigree purposes; one will need a loupe to discern it. The Mint's delivery of proof Half Eagles in 1884 amounted just 48 pieces. The extant population is believed (by Breen, 1988) to be no more than 12 coins, some of which are impaired. To date, PCGS has certified only two examples as Deep Cameo, and they are both at the PR64 level (9/02). (NGC ID# 28CM, PCGS# 98479)

    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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    November, 2002
    21st-23rd Thursday-Saturday
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