The deep rose-gold surfaces of this attractive Proof gold dollar feature frosted devices set against richly mirrored fields -- the cameo contrast is superb though the PCGS holder makes no note of it. This rare Proof issue saw a modest production run of just 30 pieces, with somewhat less than that figure available to today's collecting community; some specimens have gone the way of attrition, and others from the mintage may have never been distributed -- we suspect some 15 to 20 pieces may yet exist in all grades. This absolutely choice Proof 1879 gold dollar defines the assigned grade and affords a splendid opportunity for gold dollar specialists and those who appreciate great gold rarities.
Breen's Encyclopedia (1988) notes two deliveries of Proofs of the date, with 20 delivered in January and 10 in November. The latter 10 coins have no criss-cross die lines within the left loop of the reverse bow, and neither does the present coin.