||1905 $5 MS66+ NGC. CAC. Although this issue, with a late-series mintage of more than 300,000 pieces, is often perceived to be a common date, Garrett and Guth write in their Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins: "The 1905 half eagle is scarcer in Mint State condition than most would believe. ... There are surprisingly few known in Gem or Superb condition." NGC has encapsulated only 21 examples in this grade (2 in 66*, 1 in 66+), and just six finer, while PCGS has certified only 14 pieces in MS66, and only one finer (8/14). This piece, the sole MS66+ example certified, displays superb eye appeal and surface preservation. Each side is enveloped by frosty yellow-gold luster, and the design elements are bold. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $4406.25. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.