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    1896 Half Eagle, PR64 ★ Ultra Cameo
    One of the Finest Examples Known of This Popular Date

    1896 $5 PR64 ★ Ultra Cameo NGC. A total of 103 proof Liberty Head half eagles were coined in 1896, certainly a modest figure in absolute terms, but still the largest proof half eagle mintage of the 19th century. However, the coins are much rarer than the production total suggests. Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth believe only 25-30 examples survive today in all grades. In PR64 Ultra Cameo the 1896 is a R.7 issue. NGC has graded one coin PR64 Ultra Cameo, with seven finer; while PCGS has certified one example at this exalted level, with three finer (11/09).
    The present coin exhibits profound contrast between the reflective fields and the frosty devices, earning the coveted designation. The characteristic orange-peel effect is most noticeable on the obverse. A few tiny marks are present on both sides, two below the eagle's beak, and one in the lower right obverse field, out from star 12, and undoubtedly account for the grade. Overall eye appeal is outstanding. NGC has graded only one coin in PR64 Ultra Cameo, with three finer (11/09).(Registry values: P2)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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