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    Seldom Encountered 1897 Proof Half Eagle

    1897 $5 PR 66 Cameo NGC. We have not handled an unimpaired 1897 proof half eagle in at least 10 years--an accurate indicator of the rarity of this issue. Mint records indicate that 83 proof half eagles were produced in 1897, but Breen (1977) estimates that fewer than 40 pieces are extant. The watery fields and frosty, sharply impressed devices present bold cameo contrast. The surfaces are free of both haziness and distracting hairlines, and a single alloy spot on the reverse below the D in UNITED is the only readily identifiable pedigree marker. This coin's eye appeal, to say nothing of its technical quality, more than upholds the validity of the assigned grade. (NGC ID# 3YDE, PCGS# 88492)

    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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    Auction Dates
    February, 2001
    22nd-24th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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