1896年自由帽双鹰金币 PCGS Proof 66+
1896 Liberty Head Double Eagle. JD-1, the only known dies. Rarity-5-. Proof-66+ Deep Cameo (PCGS). This is the first Proof 1896 double eagle we have presented in nearly a decade, and it is a beautiful coin that really needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. The fields are deeply reflective at direct viewing angles, but "go black" under indirect lighting to form alternative contrasts with frosty design elements. When observed with a loupe, the fields reveal the distinctive "orange peel" texture of U.S. Mint Proof gold coinage from the late 19th century that advanced collectors find so appealing. The same close scrutiny under magnification reveals just how close to pristine the surfaces are. The strike is full and the coin displays vivid deep orange-gold patina. This delightful premium Gem would serve as a highlight in the finest numismatic cabinet.
Students of classic United States Mint coinage across all series will concur that the coiners at the Philadelphia Mint were perhaps at no time closer to perfection than in the four year period from 1895 to 1898. The Proofs from that era are of universally high quality, often deeply cameoed in finish and, when expertly preserved, as here, are unsurpassed in quality or eye appeal. For advanced gold enthusiasts, especially specimen type collectors, the search for a single extraordinary Proof Liberty Head double eagle could end with the acquisition of this Gem 1896 through aggressive bidding. One of just 128 Proofs originally struck for the date, only 30 to 50 of which are believed extant (per John W. Dannreuther, 2018). One would be hard pressed to find a more attractive example of the type irrespective of date.