1909 $5 PR (PCGS# 8540)
The March 2012 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 4325
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A simply outstanding representative of the Roman Finish style of Proof gold production, this 1909 Indian half eagle shimmers with a satin to semi-reflective finish as the surfaces are rotated under a bright light source. There is not even a single distracting hairline, contact mark, or other blemish, and both sides are smooth enough to suggest a Superb Gem grade. As bright and fresh as the day it was coined, this orange-gold beauty is sure to sell for a very strong price. One of 78 Proofs of the date struck though somewhat fewer than that amount is available to today's collectors. The PCGS website suggests just 40 to 50 Proofs of the date have survived, and our experience tends to lean in that direction. A gorgeous Gem that ranks among the half dozen finest Proofs of the date seen thus far by PCGS. Easily one of the finest Proof survivors of the date, and a coin that holds up well to close-in scrutiny.<br />
<strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers</strong><br />
Offered is a simply gorgeous Roman Finish Proof half eagle, a fitting companion to the related 1909 quarter eagle Proof offered in this sale. Here, indeed, is an important opportunity to acquire a combination of absolute rarity and excellent eye appeal.