1884 GOLD G$1, TYPE 3 PR68 Cameo
GEM CAMEO. ONLY 1,006 STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
NGC Graded Higher:
In 1884, a man named Thomas Stevens rode into Boston on a bicycle known as the penny farthing. The journey he started in San Francisco two years earlier its conclusion made him the first person to cycle across North America. The journey totaled a whopping 3700 miles, a feat made more impressive with the knowledge that it was completed on the uncomfortable high wheeler type of bicycle. Bolstered by this record bike ride, Stevens went on to become the first person to cycle around the entire world. This 1884 gold dollar recalls the completion of this historic expedition.
Every year that the Philadelphia Mint produced business strike Gold Dollars of the Type III design, it also delivered proofs. In keeping with the standards of the U.S. proof gold series as a whole, all specimen deliveries in the Type III Gold Dollar series are rare. The earliest issues are the most elusive, the 1856, 1857 and 1858 having unknown, although presumably very limited original mintages. The late-date deliveries, particularly those struck during from 1882 through 1889, are usually encounterd with more frequency in today's market. Due to limited business strike mintages during the 1880s, however, the proofs from that decade are eagerly sought by date collectors. The proof Gold Dollars from the 1860s and 1870s are underrated and, as a rule, much rarer than their original mintages (many of which are already limited) might suggest.