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Lot 1482

1881 $5 Liberty. NGC graded Proof 64 Cameo. A fully untoned near Gem Prooof. Only 42 minted. Sparkling brilliant gold with frosty motifs and mirror fields that display a nuance of the familiar "orange peel" effect from the die preparation process. From the low Proof mintage it is doubtful if more than a dozen or so exist today. Certainly this is one of the most important, least noticed Proofs in the half eagle domain. Many Proofs have a few problems from mishandling or cleaning over the years, which makes the present exceedingly choice example among the finest examples of the date certified by NGC. We expect this coin will be off the market for many years after it sells. Pop 1; 7 finer; 3 in 65; 2 in 66; 2 in 67. (PCGS # 88476) .

A new President was sworn into office last month. In 1881, another President took the reigns of power. James A. Garfield was a great president, if by "great" one illustrates greatness by not doing dasterdly things. Garfield took office in March of 1881. The man was a marvel who could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other - at the same time!
Estimated Value $16,000 - 18,000.

Realized $21,275

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