1885 $1.00 NGC PR64 CAM

1105 Proofs struck. Mintages for Proof gold dollars shot up dramatically beginning in 1882 and by the mid-1880's, over 1,000 per year were being produced. That said, survivors from 1885 are not common with the number known estimated at about 150-200. What's great about coins like this is that they are attractive, choice and rare but they are well within the budget of many gold collectors. This specific example would grade at least a PR65 if not higher were it not for a tiny mint-made dimple in the middle of the left obverse field. Otherwise, the coin has a great appearance with very reflective surfaces that have almost no hairlines and strong contrast between the devices and the fields. While not quite a Deep Cameo, this piece has better than average contrast for the date. At this price level, you have to love this 1885 dollar and it would make a great coin for the collector who has always wanted to own a piece of Proof gold but whose budget doesn't allow for major five-figure expenditures.