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    Near-Gem Ultra Cameo 1897 Half Eagle

    1897 $5 PR64 Ultra Cameo NGC. The 1897 is not an issue that stands out as a recognizable rarity beyond the relative rarity of all proof gold. However, this is a date that we have handled very few examples of. Only 83 pieces were produced, and of that number Breen estimates that fewer than 40 coins are actually known today. We believe the number may be far less than 40 pieces. This is the finest 1897 we have handled since the pristine PR66 that we offered in our 2001 February Long Beach Sale. While this piece may not be as technically well preserved as that coin, it certainly is a rival in terms of visual appeal. There are really only two mentionable defects on this coin, one is very light hairlining in the fields, and the other is what appears to be a streak of granularity in the field below the eagle's left (facing) wing. Deeply reflective, as one would expect, the fields show exceptional reflectivity and provide a strong cameo effect on each side. Population: 1 in 64, 1 finer (11/03).
    From a 10-Piece 1897 Proof Set. (#98492) (Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 28D3, PCGS# 98492)

    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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    January, 2004
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