Tag archive for ‘Proof Gold’
Civil War Proof Gold
While the business strikes of this year may be one of the more frequently encountered dates in the series, proof 1861 Eagles are rarities of the highest order.
Only 69 proofs were originally struck, and the attrition rate was very high for this issue. It has been reliably estimated that perhaps as [...]
The Finest Known
From an original mintage of a mere 25 pieces, there are most likely fewer than 12 currently in existence.By far this is the finest known example of the last year of issue for the No Motto series of Gold Eagles. We were struck at the near total lack of information about this date, [...]
Original Mintage of Only 82 Coins - CAC Stickered
Most quarter eagles of the 1880s are low mintage issues, such as the 1883, with a business strike production of 1,920 coins and a proof mintage of just 82 more.While this was actually the highest proof production for the denomination in over two decades, many numismatic scholars [...]
Original Mintage of Only 291 Coins
Every U.S. denomination boasts a number of major rarities. The three-dollar gold coinage of 1854-1889 is studded with so many low-mintage dates that the entire series may fairly be called rare. In mint state 1878 is the most common date, followed by the 1879, 1888, 1854, 1889 and 1874 issues. [...]
Gem Proof Double Eagle
The 1901 has a proof mintage of 96 pieces, a reduction from the 124 proofs struck for the 1900.In his 1988 Encyclopedia, Breen stated, “Possibly 36-40 proofs survive, many impaired.” Proofs can be identified by the presence of four faint diagonal, parallel die lines between the TY in LIBERTY.
Beginning at about this [...]
Star Designation - From the Pittman Collection
This was a transitional year for the double eagle, with the Liberty design used for most of the year at all three operating mints.
After a run of 57 years, the Philadelphia Mint retired the Liberty design from the double eagle in 1907 without much fanfare given to the collector [...]