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    Well-Preserved PR67 Cameo 1906 Five Dollar
    Seldom Seen With Contrasting Surfaces

    1906 $5 PR67 Cameo NGC. CAC. The U.S. Mint changed its method of manufacturing all proof gold denominations in 1902, continuing through 1907 when the matte proof gold coins of the Pratt and Saint-Gaudens designs were introduced. The new manufacturing method removed much of the deep contrast between brightly reflective fields and heavily frosted devices, to a finish that the Breen Proof Encyclopedia calls semibrilliant rather than frosty.
    No more than 77 complete gold proof sets containing all four denominations could have been produced, given the 77-coin reported production of the eagle, but a few singletons were usually ordered from the Mint as well. Even though earlier Liberty Head half eagle proof productions of the 1900-1905 timeframe were well into the three-digit range, the mintage of the last two proofs, in 1906 and 1907, were reported as just 85 and 92 coins, respectively. The Breen proof reference calls the 1906 half eagle "actually rare" and gives the attributes as "high date, left base of 1 over a dentil."
    The rarity of the present Superb Gem 1906 is compounded by the Cameo designation, making this piece one of only five such at NGC, with a single PR68 Cameo finer. PCGS has seen three certification events at the PR66 Cameo level, with none finer (6/11). The surfaces on this piece are remarkably well-preserved, as evidenced by the high numeric grade. The only identifying marks are a short, shallow one on Liberty's chin and a paper-thin contact mark above the eagle's head. The surfaces are bright and deeply reflective, with orange-gold coloration prevailing against contrast that is evident but not profound.(Registry values: P1) (NGC ID# 28DC, PCGS# 88501)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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