US Coins  :  Gold Coinage  :  $5 Liberty Gold (Proof)

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    Rare Proof Half Eagle

    1875 $5 PCGS/CAC Proof 65 CAM

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    From a mintage of just 20 pieces, this key date is completely underrated due to the rarity of its circulation strike cousin of the same date. Less than 10 pieces (probably fewer than 6-7) are known and this is the only survivor with CAC approval. This piece exhibits beautiful Cameo mirrors with lovely rose-gold hues. A gorgeous, attractively toned piece with spectacular eye appeal. CAC approved for quality.

    Low Mintage Proof

    1888 $5 PCGS/CAC Proof 58

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    Fantastic example of this rare proof issue, from an original mintage of just 95 coins. Fully struck design elements standout against brightly mirrored fields. One of only a handful of this rare date to have earned CAC's approval. CAC approved for quality.

    Beautiful Deep Cameo Proof

    1898 $5 PCGS Proof 67 DCAM ex: D.L. Hansen, Eliasberg, Clapp


    Whoa! An amazing beauty. As stated in the Stack's Catalog from August 2017: "This Superb Gem Cameo Proof 1898 half eagle would serve as a highlight in the finest numismatic cabinet. The finish is characterized by exceptionally strong field to device contrast. The fields are deeply mirrored with a subtle 'orange peel' texture discernible on the obverse when examined with the aid of a loupe. The reverse field, on the other hand, has a smoother and more uniform texture. The devices on both sides are universally full in strike with a lovely satin texture. Subtle pale rose peripheral highlights and handsome golden-orange surfaces enhance the eye appeal.The 1898 has one of the lowest mintages among post-1880s Proof Liberty half eagles -- only 75 coins. Interestingly, this issue seems to have enjoyed a higher rate of survival than some of the higher mintage half eagles from the same era, and examples are offered for sale at least as often as most of its contemporaries. Writing in the 2008 edition of the book Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins: 1795-1933, Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth account for only 30 to 40 survivors in all grades. PCGS CoinFacts provides a more liberal estimate of 45 to 55 coins extant. Our experience suggests that the Garrett and Guth estimate is a bit closer to the truth. As one of the finest certified Proof 1898 half eagles, and undoubtedly among the finest known, this incredible specimen is sure to find its way into another highly regarded collection." Provenance: Ex John M. Clapp, who acquired the coin directly from the Philadelphia Mint, November 1898; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942, Sale of the United States Gold Coin Collection (Eliasberg), October 1982.

    Outstanding Ultra Gem, Tied for Finest Known

    1898 $5 NGC Proof 68 UCAM


    Astonishing example from a mintage of only 75, with the surviving population numbers around 30-40 examples in all grades today. Impeccably preserved lemon-gold surfaces show delicate orange-peel texture and are virtually flawless save a tiny planchet flaw on the reverse below the E in AMERICA. The fully struck reliefs are intricately detailed and richly frosted contrastingly starkly against the deep mirrors. Tied for finest known example at either service.