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Lot 1195

1879 $5 Liberty. NGC graded Proof 65. Flashy untoned gem with strong cameo devices. Only 30 proofs minted. A lovely coin with a pedigree, ex Genaitis Collection. Struck with preciseness only now and then found on Proofs of this vintage, the hair curls and hair bun are needle-sharp while the eagle displays its feathers as though it were before a live audience of dignitaries. This boldly detailed representative is mostly vivid gold in color with sleek, bright metallic frosted features including all stars and letters in the legends. The contrast is cameo-deep and resplendent.

Die characteristics for the Proof include: Date below center, irregular at base of 8 and top of 9. Die polish at ERT, eye (very pronounced), and ear. Reverse of 1866-78. Only 30 made, 20 on January 25, 10 on November 22. Probably 8 to 10 survive. This lovely specimen is in NGC holder #139371-052 Pop 2; 1 in 66 Cameo.
Estimated Value $40,000 - 50,000.
Ex: Genaitis Collection.

Realized $48,300

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