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    1905 Half Eagle, PR65 Cameo
    Rare in Proof Format

    1905 $5 PR65 Cameo NGC. The proof 1905 half eagle had a fairly low mintage for the period (108 coins), many of which have not survived. The PCGS population report estimates 75 to 100 examples are extant in all grades, but this number seems generous in light the fact that only 79 pieces have been encapsulated by the two leading services in all grades (11/14), including an unknown number of resubmissions. Most of the certified population is lacking in noticeable field-motif contrast, and Cameo examples represent only about 34 percent of the certified population. Overall, our archives show previous offerings of only 15 coins in the past 20 years, the majority of which grade just PR64 or lower, with several impaired. The Smithsonian Institution contains two pieces, neither of which grade finer than PR64, per Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth.

    This Gem Cameo displays deep honey-gold color and fully mirrored fields. The strike is sharp, and the satiny devices provide just enough contrast to warrant the appropriate designation from NGC. No readily obvious marks or hairlines are present. An important opportunity to acquire a high-end example of this elusive 20th century proof. Census: 6 in 65 (1 in 65+), 3 finer (11/14).(Registry values: P1) (NGC ID# 3YDP, PCGS# 88500)

    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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