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Lot 3299

1868 $5 Liberty. PCGS graded AU-55. Only 5,725 minted. Well struck and nice golden toning. Scarce date. Long known by specialists to be rare above Very Fine or Extremely Fine, this carefully graded AU55 example surpasses even a few of the finer graded examples known. It is a lustrous coin, and this may well be the main draw -- few other coins ever offered as AU55 have this coin's beauty and surface originality. The coin is mostly well struck, about on a par with other P-mint issues in the late 1860s, but certainly not the weakness seen on many San Francisco Mint gold half eagles from this year. The fields are warmly toned with a few minor abrasions scattered about, the main areas being a small cluster on the chin and a single ding on the neck midway down the lovelock curl. Of exceptional quality and importance to the specialist of low-mintage With Motto half eagles. Pop 11; 1 in 58, and 1 in 62 (PCGS # 8315) .
Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,000.

Realized $3,450

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