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    Immaculate Gem Cameo Proof 1887 Three Dollar Gold

    1887 $3 PR66 ★ Cameo NGC. A magnificent cameo proof example whose yellow-gold surfaces literally sparkle with glassy brilliance. In addition, the heavy mint frost on all of the devices provide such a stark contrast that the appreciative viewer is left in awe.
    Proof threes from this year, like most struck during the 1880s, are generally "demoted" to type coin status, however this candidate will fit nicely in any advanced gold collection. Just 160 proofs were struck and, for reasons unknown, business strike production was raised to 6,000 pieces. Less than half of the proofs issued to collectors are still around today, leaving one wondering how many were turned in after the gold recall in 1933. The number of pieces surviving in this pristine condition can be narrowed down to just a few specimens. For pedigree purposes, one tiny lintmark (as struck) is seen on Liberty's cheek. Only two finer pieces are known to both services (11/03). (#88051) (Registry values: P1, N26400)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28AW, PCGS# 88051)

    Weight: 5.02 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2004
    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
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