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    1896 Half Eagle, Seldom-Seen PR64
    Excellent Field-Device Contrast

    1896 $5 PR64 NGC. The published mintage for the 1896 proof half eagles is meaningless, as despite the 103 pieces supposedly struck, likely no more than 30 survive today in any recognizable condition. (And the certified populations are rife with duplications, making them quite inflated in terms of separate coins.) Few survivors exceed the PR64 grade level of the present piece, which certainly seems worthy of a Cameo designation, given the lavish mint frost on the devices and fully reflective fields on greenish-gold surfaces throughout both sides. A loupe reveals a number of distributed small marks, but this piece still appears high-end and appealing for the assigned grade. Census: 3 in 64, 4 finer (7/15).(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 28D2, PCGS# 8491)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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