Cert # 1816240-001

Coin Number 174

Here is another rare Proof that is seldom seen at all, let along in stunning premium gem condition with the ultra cameo contrast. Only 42 were struck in 1881, of which perhaps 10 to 12 are known today. This is the first year that Proof gold issues were singly offered, as prior to this year they were only available in complete gold sets. This one of the finest extant, and the only Proof 66 reported in the recent census of known coins, with none finer. At least two of those known are impounded in museums (NNC and ANS). The depth of the contrast is exceptional here, and the surfaces too are memorable for their near perfection. At long last the old reverse die only used for Proof eagles since 1866 has been retired, and a new die is seen on this issue. Another Proof rarity that is easy to overlook until you need one, and there won’t be any around!