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Lot 1479

1876 $5 Liberty. NGC graded AU-58. Untoned with some luster still visable. Very scarce date. 1,432 minted. An elevated degree of luster springs to life beneath bright gold and somewhat granular highlights due to surface contact with other coins. Yielding only one time at the reverse on the eagle's neck feathers, more detail can be found here than on the typical example of the rare 1876 date. A carefully graded example that should attract bidding attention. Pop 8; 4 finer; 2 in 61; 1 in 62; 1 in 64. (PCGS # 8339) .

We pick two events from numerous choices with which to illustrate the American scene in 1876: Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" was published, sold by subscription, and became a best seller. (It was banned by the Denver Public Library.) And for the sports fan, baseball's National League was founded. Before the organization of the National League, amateur games were riddled with extralegal practices such as bribery and betting. The creation of professional teams with the founding of the National League in 1876, subject to one set of enforceable rules, formalized the American pastime.
Estimated Value $5,000 - 5,500.

Realized $6,613

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