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Sale 48

Lot 1236

1863 $3 Gold. NGC graded Proof 65 Cameo. A brilliant untoned Gem with excellent cameo contrast. Only 39 Proofs struck. The 1863 and 1864 Proofs are said to be the two most common Proof three-dollar gold issues from the 1861-1865 Civil War years, but try finding one, even a hairlined specimen will take a good deal of trouble to locate. Some say the word "common" should be banned from the lexicon of early Proof gold descriptions since the term really shouldn't apply in connection with any Proof gold delivery. When viewed in the wider scope of U.S. numismatics, the 1863 is irrefutably rare with fewer than three dozen coins certified by PCGS and NGC from an original low mintage. This glittering Gem is yellow-gold in color. Both sides show serene cameo-like devices, fully struck devices, we might add. On communicating this discovery to you, the reader, they seem as if to float upon deeply mirrored sea of molten gold in the fields. Indeed, they seem made for each other. Best of all, the coin is absolutely distraction-free, which is the main benefit of the Gem grade, with a few little speckles of toning in the left obverse field that we mention more for accuracy than for anything else. An aesthetically beautiful coin that deserves a substantial bid. Pop 3; none finer (PCGS # 88026) .
Estimated Value $55,000 - 65,000.

Realized $57,500

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