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    Deep Cameo Gem Proof 1898 Half Eagle
    'Black-and-Gold Contrast' Defined

    1898 $5 PR65 Deep Cameo PCGS. The best Deep Cameo proof coins produce a stunning mirror-and-frost contrast that is described as "black-and-gold" for the rare gold specimens. This Gem, struck at the tail end of the Mint's golden age for classic Cameo coinage, offers pale yellow mirrors with slight orange-peel texture that turn "black" at the proper angle to the light. On both sides but especially the reverse, the frost over sharply struck devices is exquisite. For future pedigree identification, a tiny right-angle-shaped lintmark is noted to the right of the last 8 of the date. Garrett and Guth suggest a surviving population of 30 to 40 proofs, regardless of contrast category. Population: 4 in 65 Deep Cameo, 2 finer (11/11).
    Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2003), lot 8034, which realized $23,000.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 28D4, PCGS# 98493)

    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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