$280,500.00 USD– SOLD
This is a simply outstanding specimen that really needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Aglow with vivid medium gold patina, both sides are exceptionally smooth for a large size gold coin with such delicate surfaces. Fully defined with a soft satin texture, the devices appear to float atop deep pools of reflectivity in the fields.
At 124 pieces produced the 1900 boasts one of the higher mintages in the Proof Liberty Head double eagle series. The extant population is also generous for the type at 50 to 70 pieces, indicating strong contemporary sales that were probably achieved in connection with the turn of the century. Of course, an issue with no more than 70 coins extant is a significant rarity when viewed in the wider context of U.S. numismatics, and the Proof 1900 is also a noteworthy condition rarity since a fair number of survivors are impaired due to having been cleaned or other mishandled. It seems likely that a number of examples were initially obtained by non-numismatists, which theory further supports increased demand for this issue among contemporary Americans seeking numismatic mementos to mark the dawn of the 20th century. The present example is among the most fortunate survivors, coming down to the present day with solid Gem quality and eye appeal to spare. A beautiful coin in all regards that will please even the most discerning collector.
PCGS Population: 7; 3 finer in this category (Proof-67 Deep Cameo finest).
Provenance: From the Castle Pines Collection.