Ex Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label. The `29-104 is a scarce die pair; most seen come with die chips, causing the tops of A1 and A2 to be filled. These die chips hallmark the O.104a – a scarce die state. The early or “prime” die state, offered here, is seen less often. Its rarity rating is R.5+. This example is simply perfect for the grade. The strike is balanced, the toning natural and the surfaces are without problems. A lesser quality NGC XF 45 appeared in MB 43, lot 64, Aug. 2016. It brought $990. I’ve not handled an example since then. Est. $800 to $1,200.
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