Ex Jimmy Hayes Collection, Stacks, October 1985, lot 5, where it was described: “The overdate exceptionally sharp, as is the entire coin. Using Q. David Bowers’ words, ‘An exquisite, yes, phenomenal striking.’ The coin is so well struck, full hair, stars and feathers on the eagle’s breast that it is medallic in appearance. Wholly prooflike with a hint of frost, pale gollden russet toning. A remarkable example of this type.”
Ex. Garrett Collection, Bowers & Ruddy, lot 229, November, 1979.
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