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    Rare Proof 1897 Liberty Five, A Seldom Offered Issue

    1897 $5 PR 64 PCGS. While the business strike 1897 is among the more common issues in the Liberty half eagle series, the similarly dated proof is a rare coin that is equally as difficult to locate as the proof 1895. The sharply struck devices are moderately frosted, but the deep, glassy fields provide visible cameo contrast. Both sides are essentially orange-gold in appearance, but dappled haziness is noted in the reverse field. Nevertheless, the eye appeal is commensurate with that of a smooth, carefully preserved specimen. This is only the third proof 1897 half eagle that we have offered since 1993, and the other two examples were both impaired. Population: 4 in 64, with a mere 3 finer (10/00).
    From the Richard Allen Collection. (NGC ID# 28D3, PCGS# 8492)

    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, 2001
    4th-6th Thursday-Saturday
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