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1887 Quarter Eagle, PR66 Deep Cameo
1887 $2 1/2 PR66 Deep Cameo PCGS. JD-1, R.5. Ex: Simpson. In
contrast to the 1887 half eagles and double eagles -- which were
proof-only issues -- all other 1887 gold denominations were
adequately struck in both circulation strike and proof formats. The
quarter eagle had a generous proof mintage of 122 pieces, but only
45 to 60 pieces survive according to John Dannreuther's research.
Of those, only a half dozen Premium Gem examples exist with Deep or
Ultra Cameo contrast. This is arguably the finest of those,
occupying the #1 position in Dannreuther's list of significant
examples, and plated in that reference. It is also the PCGS
CoinFacts plate coin.
Exquisite Frosted Contrast
Prooflike circulation strikes exist from a 6,160-piece mintage, although the date position differs between proofs and non-proofs. The first 8 in the date is centered between dentils for the proofs, while it is centered over a dentil on the business issues. This is a spectacular and richly contrasted proof, with a needle-sharp strike and vibrant, orange-gold coloration. It is tied with two other Deep Cameos at PCGS at the PR66 level, with none finer (7/20).
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 288A, PCGS# 97913)
Weight: 4.18 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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