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Sale 48

Lot 1219

1895 Morgan Dollar. NGC graded Proof 66 Cameo. A fabulous milky white brilliant Gem Cameo Proof example. Another delightful specimen combining cameo-like iridescence on the devices (not noted in the NGC grade) with gleaming mirrors outlining the central sharp relief. Of all Morgan silver dollar rarities, the 1895 Philadelphia Mint has by far the lowest mintage. A mere 880 piece were struck in Proof. For decades a business strike figure of 12,000 had appeared in print, but Henry T. Hettger and Q. David Bowers effectively put to rest that, based upon Hettger's research in the National Archives.

It seems as many as 600 to 700 Proofs survive from the original total. Most are in lower grades, however, having been dipped to make them "brilliant" and subsequently hairlined. The present example is notably pristine, breathtaking almost in its beauty. For our money a coin certified as Proof 66 with the eye appeal offered here is a "must have" proposition for any serious numismatist. It is your money that supports your bid, so take a good look and then decide for yourself. Pop 13; 11 in 67 Cameo, 7 in 68 Cameo. (PCGS # 7330) .
Estimated Value $60,000 - 70,000.

Realized $80,500

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