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    Four-Piece Set Of 1911 Matte Proof Gold Coins

    1911 Four-Piece Matte Proof Gold Proof Set, NGC Certified. It is very seldom that one encounters an unbroken set of matte proof gold coins today. Probably just a handful of such sets still remain in existence as the incentive to sell the individual pieces for more than the value of the set is too great to resist for most, whether collectors or dealers. The consignment of this impressive set is coincidental with the consignment also of the matte proof fives, tens, and twenties from the set of Ed Trompeter. Yet, each group of coins reinforces the interest and desirability of bidders in the other.
    Proof gold from 1911 broke with the two-year experiment of the "Roman Gold" variant used in 1909 and 1910, and the matte finish was reinstituted this year as it had been originally in 1908. All the mintages were minute for these proof coins, ranging from a low of 95 pieces for the ten dollar to 191 coins for the quarter eagle.
    Quarter Eagle PR 66. The matte or sandblast surface differs somewhat in texture and color from those of 1908 with more sparkle on the 1911 and also more of a distinctive yellow-orange color.
    This piece is undoubtedly one of the finest specimens of matte proof coinage we have ever seen from this denomination. The surfaces are virtually perfect. The only distractions (and they are truly minor) are a couple of shallow shiny spots through RTY on the obverse and another at the top of the eagle's wing. Identifiable by a small spot in the left obverse field below the N in UNUM.
    Half Eagle PR 66 NGC. This is a truly remarkable specimen whose color is the same as that on the quarter eagle and double eagle, that is, a deep khaki-green with thousands of sparkling facets of luster over each side. The only interruptions in the flow of luster over each side are a slight shininess at the top of the eagle's wing and a few shallow luster grazes through the letters UNIT of UNITED.
    Eagle PR 66. This piece has the typical deep "mustard" color characteristically seen on proof tens this year, a color noticeably different than the other three denominations. Close examination reveals that the only shiny spot appears to be a shallow, vertical line down the portrait of Liberty in the area of the temple just behind the eye, otherwise a perfect coin.
    Double Eagle PR 67. This piece shows thousands of tiny sparkling facets under magnification and the same khaki-green patina seen on the quarter eagle and half eagle. The surfaces are essentially "as struck" with no features that could be used as pedigree identifiers. Only 2 coins have been so graded by NGC (7/98) with none finer.
    A very rare opportunity to acquire an original, pristine set of matte proof gold.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 1998
    24th-25th Thursday-Friday
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