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Lot 4476

1899 $20 Liberty. NGC graded Proof 65 Ultra Cameo PQ. CAC Approved. A beautiful gem proof. Mostly untoned. Only 84 Struck. An resplendent "Ultra Cameo" Gem Proof with incomparable contrast between the smooth mirror field and extra frosty, lustrous devices. This piece has rich shades of golden color and is appreciably nicer than most surviving 1899 Proofs. As expected, the coin is fully and boldly detailed. Every individual design feature detailed as intricately as it was on the original die. The stars are needle-sharp. The surfaces pristine and virtually perfect with only here and there a microscopic hairline regulating the grade. There is no evidence of any pedigree markers to help establish the provenance of this coin, but then again, how could there be? So we provide its NGC serial number: 1819891-001.

When the board of directors, or whoever it was at the Mint, was arranging to vote on the use of Longacre's third Type mofits in 1877, they selected a design that has stood the test of time for balance, artistic merit, conservative traditions, and just plain beauty in the eyes of 21st century numismatics. This lovely 1899 Liberty head $20 gold Proof is the shining example of that spark of genius in their systems for choosing a final design. Pop 3; 4 finer; 1 in 66; 3 in 67. (PCGS # 9115) .
Estimated Value $70,000 - 80,000.
Ohringer Family Trust Holdings.

Realized $109,250

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