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    1889 Three Dollar, PR64 Cameo
    Final-Year Proof Type Coin

    1889 $3 PR64 Cameo NGC. In The United States $3 Gold Pieces, Dave Bowers and Doug Winter write of the 1889: "Proofs of this date are generally regarded as among the rarest of this era, certification data notwithstanding." NGC and PCGS combined report 142 grading events for the 1889 proof, surpassing the mintage total (129 coins). John Dannreuther, in United States Proof Coins, Vol. IV (2018), pegs the survival estimate at 75 to 90 pieces. The survivorship suggests that all of the proofs struck were eventually distributed to the public.

    This near-Gem Cameo displays a sharp strike and deeply mirrored fields. Rich orange-gold coloration complements a lack of contact marks, and only a few faint hairlines are detected in the fields. Finer Cameos are rare, and Ultra Cameo examples of this issue are almost uncollectible. Census: 12 in 64 Cameo, 15 finer; 1 in 64 Ultra Cameo, 2 finer (10/18).
    From The HBC Collection. (Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28AY, PCGS# 88053)

    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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