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    Rare Ultra Cameo PR66 1897 Half Eagle
    One Finer at NGC

    1897 $5 PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC. In his landmark 1979 reference on half eagles, David Akers offered the following commentary about the special strikings of 1897: "Proofs are rare." The assessment is ├╝berminimalist but factual; earlier estimates of up to 40 survivors have given way to lower numbers, with Garrett and Guth (2006) indirectly naming a range of 20 to 30 pieces for the issue.
    Of the known 1897 proof half eagles, many have some level of cameo effect. In NGC's Census, for example, out of 26 pieces, 20 were assessed as Cameo and five as Ultra Cameo, with just one given neither status. The prized Ultra Cameo pieces, however, still make up a minority of the pieces certified.
    The delightful Premium Gem proof Ultra Cameo specimen offered here is a high-caliber coin worthy of the finest collection. The richly frosted devices show exquisite detail, and the carefully preserved honey-gold fields have mirrors with amazing depth. Both sides offer a powerful level of contrast that fully justifies the Ultra Cameo designation. The slightest bit of haze at the obverse margins lends the piece a further air of originality. The strike is bold overall, as expected, despite some minor weakness on the eagle's neck. With its incredible eye appeal and wonderful condition, this half eagle ranks as one of the most desirable examples of its kind. Census: 2 in 66 Ultra Cameo, 1 finer (7/11).
    Ex: ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2007), lot 1939, which realized $47,293.75.
    From The Oliver Collection.(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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