Lot #14. 1883 Liberty Quarter Eagle. Proof-65 Cameo (PCGS).
The 2009 ANA National Money Show Auction - 3/12/2009
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With an original mintage of just 82 pieces, the proof 1883 Two-and-a-Half is an understandably rare issue at all levels of preservation. In the 2006 book Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins: 1795-1933, Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth account for only 30-40 survivors. These coins, in addition to their own undisputed rarity, are of even further importance to advanced collectors given the low-mintage, key-date status of the business strike 1883 Quarter Eagle (mintage: just 1,920 pieces).
This conditionally rare Gem offers not only exceptional technical quality, but also undeniable originality. The surfaces are silky smooth in sheen with nary a detracting blemish to report. Both sides are also sharply struck over satiny devices, the fields set apart form deep pools of reflectivity. Delicate hazy tinting is noted to otherwise olive-orange surfaces, a few faint alloy spots over the upper reverse being easily overlooked at most angles. A Condition Census rarity with uncommon cameo contrast for an example of this rare 19th proof gold issue.
This lot is being sold provisionally, pursuant to the non-sale of lot 15.