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Lot 2576

1870. PCGS graded Proof 65 Cameo. A glittering white cameo gem. A blazing silvery coin whose intense luster provides us grand eye appeal. A hint of weakness at the eagle's wing is typically seen on With Motto Proof issues, but here we are pleased to report that the left wing, in fact both wings, are far more detailed than usual. Furthermore, the Cameo designation points to its display of two-tone, frosted-on-mirror contrast, and a hallmark of the finest Proofs. Surely worth a little extra for that! Only 1,000 struck in Proof. Pop 11; none finer in Proof Cameo (PCGS # 87018) .

Many collectors like to associate their numismatic interest with what was happening in America when their coins were struck. Having that in mind, 1870 was a cheerless year for the Southern states five years after losing the "War of the Rebellion" as the Northerners called it, for this year their beloved General Robert E. Lee died. His passing was like a door silently closing on one era and another opening onto the next. This next was America's rocket ride to industrial dominance and glory in the ensuing quarter century, but the South, which Lee epitomized, would languish under the iron fist of the carpetbaggers and "Reconstruction" for agonizing years longer.
Estimated Value $9,000 - 10,000.

Realized $11,040

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