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    1906 Half Eagle, PR66+ Cameo
    Tied for Finest at PCGS

    1906 $5 PR66+ Cameo PCGS. CAC. The 1906 falls in the period between the U.S. Mint's shift to an all-around brilliant finish for proof coins (1902) and the more radical change to matte finishes that coincided with the replacement of the Gobrecht and Longacre Liberty Head designs during the Renaissance of American Coinage. Merely because a coin is post-1901, however, does not mean that it has no cameo effect to offer. While there are no Deep Cameo specimens of the 1906 half eagle in the PCGS Population Report, there are eight Cameo coins listed, compared to 51 non-Cameo pieces (6/13). NGC's Census Report has almost as many coins, though the numbers are near-even.

    Of the Population Report coins, two PR66+ coins are at the top in the Cameo category, and among non-Cameo coins, PR66 is the highest grade assigned. Though NGC has graded Superb Gems, the present specimen is tied for the finest certified by PCGS and thus is worthy of attention even beyond what a "typical" late-date classic gold proof would garner.

    On first inspection, this specimen is noteworthy for its reflectivity and color, the deep mirrors sun-yellow with traces of orange. While the devices possess little frost in the pre-1902 sense and are themselves diffusely reflective in the broad, flat areas, there is nonetheless a plain sense of contrast, especially when the coin is tilted so the fields catch the light. A closer look reveals how impressively preserved the example is. Highly appealing in all respects.(Registry values: P1) (NGC ID# 28DC, PCGS# 88501)

    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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