1896 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. JD-1, the only known dies. Rarity-4+. Proof-65 Deep Cameo (PCGS). CAC.An exquisite Gem, both sides display the pinpoint striking detail and sharp field to device contrast for which this expertly produced 1890s Proof gold issue is known. Bathed in vivid golden-orange patina, the surfaces are pleasingly smooth in hand and certainly at the uppermost reaches of the assigned grade. Along with the 1897 and 1898, the 1896 is the most consistently well produced and attractive Proof issue in the Liberty Head quarter eagle series. As such, survivors from this 132-piece issue enjoy particularly strong demand for specimen gold type purposes. This is also one of the more frequently encountered issues of its type, although we caution bidders that with no more than 80 coins believed extant the 1896 is understandably rare when viewed in the wider context of U.S. numismatics. With the outstanding quality offered here the Proof 1896 is rare and highly desirable.