Description

    Amazing 1894 Liberty Five, PR66 Cameo
    The Amon Carter Specimen
    Possibly the Finest Known

    1894 $5 PR66 Cameo NGC. The Philadelphia Mint only coined 75 proof half eagles in 1894, and only 20 to 30 of those proofs survive today. Circulated 1894 half eagles are extremely common with examples known in almost any grade desired. However, proofs are major rarities today. The majority of survivors grade PR63 or PR64. The present specimen is one of two similarly graded examples at the top of the NGC Census report. PCGS has never graded a PR66 Cameo coin (4/10). Both sides exhibit a few tiny points and projections, but no other die lines of any importance. This stunning piece will undoubtedly grace the finest cabinet of proof gold coins, or a remarkable collection of type coins. It has extraordinary eye appeal and may qualify as the finest existing 1894 proof half eagle.
    This incredible Premium Gem proof exhibits crisp delineation between the deeply mirrored fields and the highly lustrous devices. All of the design elements are expectedly bold, save for the very center on each side. Glittering yellow-gold surfaces host a few tiny contact marks and two reverse lint marks. Darkish surface imperfections above the right side of the ribbon positively identify this as the Amon Carter Collection specimen. The description in the January 1984 catalog of that collection was brief: "A choice and beautiful example of this rare Proof. As pretty a coin as one could ever hope to get."
    Ex: Amon Carter Collection (Stack's, 1/1984), lot 706.(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 28CY, PCGS# 88489)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    June, 2010
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