1889 $5 PR66 Cameo NGC. JD-1, R.6. Ex: Simpson. A ...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1889 Half Eagle, PR66 Cameo
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.
Finest Certified Example
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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