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    Extraordinary Cameo Proof 1887 Half Eagle

    1887 PR 64 Cameo NGC. The 1887 is the only date in the Coronet series of half eagles that was struck only as a proof. A mere 87 pieces were produced and of that number perhaps as many as 30 survive today. Quite a few are impaired or circulated. In fact, this is the first non-impaired example we have offered in at least five years. This is a stunningly beautiful coin that is a solid PR 64. The fields are unfathomably deep and appear "black" against the golden mint frost on the devices. The fields show evidence of light cleaning and the subsequent hairlines which, of course, account for much of the grade. There are only three minor contact marks that bear mentioning: a small one is seen in the field just out from the upper lip of Liberty, a couple of tiny marks are seen just left of the eagle's beak, and a couple of even smaller ones are noted just below WE in the scroll. A significant coin for the dated gold collector. The consignor has placed a reserve on this coin of $60,000. (NGC ID# 28CR, PCGS# 8482)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    August, 1998
    7th-10th Friday-Monday
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