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Lot 2778

1902 $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded Proof 66. A nice untoned example. A mere 193 Proofs minted. Struck with the exacting standards one hopes to find on a Proof Quarter Eagle, the deep, glossy and reflective mirrors have a strong look of shimmering originality with devices bold. Both sides are bright golden. They seem to have survived without even the most negligible hairline or mark. From the low Proof mintage, most that see their way to market fail to register in the Gem or better class. This is a first-rate Proof 66!

Most Proof gold struck in 1901-04 are unfrosted on the devices compared to earlier gold Proofs. Around 1901, the mint began selling Proofs to the public with this all-brilliant finish. No explanation has been given for the change, but it may have been in line with the growing French influence in coin finishes then sweeping Europe. Our later Matte Proofs were a direct outcome of this Continental experimentation, for instance. Pop 7; 4 finer (PCGS # 7928) .
Estimated Value $14,000 - 15,000.

Realized $16,675

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