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    Gem Proof 1896 Half Eagle
    Among the Finest Certified

    1896 $5 PR65 PCGS. CAC. The 1896 proof half eagle enjoyed a mintage of just 103 pieces, minuscule in absolute terms but not unusually small in the context of the series. Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth believe the issue is "very rare" today, with an estimated surviving population of 25-30 coins in all grades. Certainly, examples in Gem condition are extremely rare, as PCGS has graded only four coins in PR65, with none finer in the designation (6/10).
    The present coin is a magnificent Gem example, with deeply mirrored fields and sharply detailed devices. The coin is housed in an old green label holder and was not designated as a Cameo piece, but there are strong elements of field-device contrast evident. The lovely greenish-gold fields are virtually pristine and show the slight orange-peel texture associated with gold proofs of this era. The eye appeal is stunning.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 28D2, PCGS# 8491)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    August, 2010
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