PCGS 1915 PR 65. In this final year of production of the matte proofing process, only 50 proof double eagles were struck. The 1915 has long been held in high regard by specialists and it may well be the rarest issue among the eight years proofs were coined. Breen estimated that possibly fewer than 12 proofs survive while Akers placed the number extant between 20 and 25 coins. We tend to agree with this higher estimate and would place the upper end at no more than 30 pieces.
The surfaces of this gem coin have a rich greenish-khaki color and show a coarse-grain finish. There are a few tiny distinctive marks on each side that could serve as identifiers for pedigree purposes. On the obverse there are minute shiny spots on the breasts of Liberty as well as her kneecap. On the reverse there is a tiny shiny spot on the highpoint of the eagle's breast and a mark that is barely perceptible to the unaided eye above the eagle's claw.
This is the only Proof 65 certified by either of the major services, and it stands not only as the finest certified example known, but also may well be the finest 1915 proof known, whether certified or not. Simply astonishing quality and a fitting end to the Beverly Hills collection of matte proof gold. It has been ten years since a complete set of matte proof gold has been sold and we have to wonder, after this final piece is gavelled, how many more years will pass until another opportunity will present itself to purchase coins of comparable quality? (NGC ID# 26H4, PCGS# 9212)
Weight: 33.44 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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