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Deep Cameo Liberty Head Eagle Featured in our June 2022 Showcase Auction

By Christopher Maisano, Numismatist

Author: Christopher Maisano / Thursday, April 07, 2022 / Categories: United States Coin of the Week

Classic Proof gold coinage is always desirable and rare. The rarity and desirability skyrocket with higher denominations and cameo surfaces, as found on this beautiful 1897 $10 example which will be featured in our June 2022 Showcase Auction. This near gem possesses deep, glossy fields with emerging legends and devices that are completely frosted. The obverse is bold and radiant with orange peel surfaces while the reverse is more sedate and free of any detracting blemishes. The deep cameo designation is well deserved, although the MS-64 grade seems conservative. Any imperfections are not worthy of mention and this fact, when coupled with the incredible eye appeal, creates a highly premium example for the grade – one with the look of a true gem. This opinion is confirmed by the CAC sticker of approval. In fact, CAC has only approved one finer example and PCGS has just graded two deep cameo pieces higher. When this beauty crosses the auction block in June, it will be just the second PCGS-certified and CAC-approved deep cameo 1897 to become available at auction in recent memory. It will be a significant opportunity to acquire a coin that belongs in an outstanding numismatic cabinet and will create a lot of excitement among bidders.​