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Lot 2980

1870 $10 Liberty. NGC graded Proof 65 Ultra Cameo. A lovely untoned example. 35 Proofs struck. It is not often that we handle any specific date in the Proof Liberty Eagle series, but the 1870 is an issue that we rarely see offered. To put it in its proper relationship to others in the series, this specimen is an extremely rare Gem Proof and years may pass before another is offered for sale. It is the sort of coin that gives one a feeling of anticipation! Possibly as few as 10-12 pieces from the original mintage survive to the present day. A stunning piece of 19th century Proof gold.

The fields have almost unimaginably deep mirror reflectivity and seem to ripple with an inner force of their own when the viewer angles the coin just so in the light. Contrasted against the fields, the devices are well frosted, indeed "ultra frosted", which yields a strong cameo contrast. There are no mentionable defects on either side of this exceptional coin barring a small toning area by the date. This is clearly one of the finest known, its low population offering confirmation. The overall surfaces attest to this coin's attractiveness and go far toward explaining why any serious bidder should chose this particular example for his collection. The coin is irreproachable in its originality. Pop 2; none finer at NGC.
Estimated Value $65,000 - 75,000.

Realized $112,125

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