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    Elusive Cameo Proof 1891 Five Dollar Gold

    1891 $5 PR64 Cameo PCGS. Of the 53 proofs originally struck, it is estimated (by Breen) that today perhaps 25-30 still exist in all grades. Akers makes the statement, "the proofs of this date, ...for some unknown reason, have a higher survival ratio than other proofs of this period." We have not found that to be true as we have rarely had the opportunity to offer an 1891 proof Half Eagle. The devices show a nice, cameoed effect against the illimitable depth of mirrored reflectivity in the fields, and a few tiny hairlines and a light coating of opaque patina are all that keep this piece from a full Gem grade. For identification purposes, a squiggly lintmark is seen below the eagle's right (facing) wing. Population: 5 in 64 Cameo, 1 finer (2/05).(#88486) (Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 28CV, PCGS# 88486)

    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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    March, 2005
    24th-25th Thursday-Friday
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