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Lot 898

1897. PCGS graded Proof 66 Cameo. CAC Approved. Only 731 minted. A Gem Cameo Proof. Baking bright white luster whose beauty and sparkle is complemented by cameo frosted surfaces on the main design and legends. A super-sharp impression is seen on Liberty's hair, leaves and cap on the obverse, with similar keen-edge detail throughout the heraldic eagle. Plain to see, the dies were spaced perfectly, and imparted strong metal flow in all areas.

The basic obverse design of the Barber silver coinage consists of a Liberty head with a cap and wreath. This figure was inspired both by classical Greek and Roman models and by the designs of various 19th-century French coins. The word "LIBERTY" appears on the headband in incuse letters. The Liberty head is flanked by six stars on the left and seven on the right, and the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" appears above it. The date is centered below the figure. Designer Charles E. Barber (1840-1917), succeeded his father William Barber as chief engraver at the Philadelphia Mint when the father died in August 1879. Charles Barber, according to his Wikipedia entry, "had a long and fruitful career in coinage, designing most of the coins used at the mint during his time as Chief Engraver. Barber did full coin designs and also reverse designs." Pop 8; 11 finer, 3 in 66+, 5 in 67, 3 in 68 (PCGS # 86544) .
Estimated Value $3,800 - 4,000.

Realized $4,406

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