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    1889 Half Eagle, PR66 Cameo
    Finest Certified Example

    1889 $5 PR66 Cameo NGC. JD-1, R.6. Ex: Simpson. A small mintage of 45 proof Liberty half eagles was achieved at the Philadelphia Mint in 1889, to accompany a tiny business-strike production of 7,520 pieces. A single pair of dies was used to strike all the proofs, with extensive die polish in the clear spaces of the shield that make it possible to differentiate between proofs and prooflike business strikes. John Dannreuther estimates the surviving population at just 18-22 examples in all grades.

    The present coin is a stunning Premium Gem proof, the finest certified example at either of the leading grading services (4/20). The design elements are sharply detailed throughout and the deeply mirrored fields contrast boldly with the frosty devices. The well-preserved orange-gold surfaces show the distinctive orange-peel texture of the best 19th century proofs. Overall eye appeal is terrific. Census: 1 in 66 Cameo, 0 finer (4/20).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28CT, PCGS# 88484)

    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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