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Sale 48

Lot 1262

1881 $5 Liberty. NGC graded Proof 65 Cameo. In NGC holder 1822314-007. A dazzlingly brilliant gem cameo proof with brilliant and reflective orange-gold fields and lovely "orange peel" surfaces visible at certain angles. The obverse and reverse offer full cameo contrast, with the obverse more intense in that respect. A notable rarity. While few Proofs of the date were sold -- in sets on February 19, 1881, with two additional pieces later in the year -- it is doubtful if more than a dozen of those are in existence today. It is not at all likely that all sets found buyers; probably they didn't. Furthermore, of the extant specimens of the Proof 1881 Liberty five, a number are impaired. The present piece is one of the finest bidders will ever see offered for sale, and is among the nicest to come on the market in years. A Proof half eagle rarity that will no doubt bring forth strong bidding response. Only 42 Proofs struck. Pop 3; 4 finer, 2 in 66, 2 in 67 (PCGS # 88476) .
Estimated Value $30,000 - 35,000.

Realized $33,350

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