Only 30 Proofs struck. It has been suggested that as many as ten Proofs were unsold and later melted at the U.S. Mint; this would help to explain the great rarity of this issue in Proof. My best estimate is that there are only eight or nine known and just three of these qualify as Gems by today's standards. The present example is the second finest known Proof 1871 gold dollar, trailing only the superb NGC PR67 Ultra Cameo that last traded as ANR 8/04: 921 where it brought $42,550. The present example is one of only two known with full black and white contrast and it clearly deserves its Deep Cameo designation by PCGS. There is really nothing to identify this coin other than a small mint-made obverse lintmark below the F in OF. Here is a coin that combines great rarity with great beauty and it presents the collector with an opportunity that may not be repeated again for many years.