1883 Liberty Head Half Eagle. JD-1. Rarity-6. Proof-65 Deep Cameo (PCGS). CAC. An outstanding Gem with stark field to device contrast that readily upholds the validity of the coveted Deep Cameo rating from PCGS. Solidly graded at the Proof-65 level and approved by CAC, both sides are fully struck, expertly preserved and possessed of truly memorable eye appeal. A tiny area of planchet roughness centered below the eagle serves as a convenient marker for tracing this through future cabinets. The production figures for Proof coins finally began to rise in the 1880s after a long period of downright tiny mintages during the 1870s. However, specialist John Dannreuther suggests that while 61 Proof half eagles were struck in 1883 no more than 18 to 22 still remain in numismatic holdings, including permanent institutional collections. While generally well preserved, the majority fall short of Gem Proof status, with even fewer still gaining the coveted Deep Cameo designation. Proof gold coins from this era are noted for the "orange peel" fields imparting an effect similar to that of a perfectly calm pond. This is made especially beautiful with the even frosted design features which offer a desirable dramatic contrast. Just 2 coins are ranked finer on the PCGS Population Report. An important offering, opportunities such as this are few and very far between and should not be easily overlooked by connoisseurs of Proof gold coins.