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Lot 1416

1881. NGC graded Proof 66 Star. Wonderful blue toning on both sides. Only 960 Proofs struck. This coin has it all: expertly produced features; virtually superb surface preservation; and awe-inspiring originality. First, the striking quality. All devices are fully defined, the finish mostly uniform in mint sparkle under the lovely toning. We do, however, note some satiny tendencies to the obverse portrait that contrast modestly with deep mirrored reflectivity in the field. Second, the surface preservation. All areas are equally free of detracting hairlines and contact marks with an appearance that is within earshot of Proof 67 quality. Finally, the originality. The obverse is overlaid in mainly blue but also lavender patina that yields to warm golden-orange iridescence in areas. The upper border on that side also exhibits a blush of vivid electric-blue tinting. The reverse is even more intense, mainly iridescent electric blue. A truly breathtaking Gem Proof for the specialist who will settle for nothing less than the top eye-appeal for his collection. Pop 2; 17 finer (PCGS # 7316) .
Estimated Value $5,500 - 6,000.

Realized $6,900

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