Meiji gold Proof 20 Yen Year 3 (1870) PR66 Cameo NGC, KM-Y13, JNDA 01-1. As the largest gold denomination of the period, the undeniable 'king' of this unbelievable first coinage presentation set. Well-matched to the other gold issues, the fields possess highly refined reflectivity, with graces of orange-red patina that reflects ages of untouched storage. As the Cameo designation suggests, soft frost over the design results in evident contrast between the raised surfaces and flat fields. Upon closer inspection, very faint specks of die rust exist in the reverse fields, a shared trait with several other pieces from this set. Altogether, a sublime presentation, and certainly unique or nearly so in this is proof quality. An offering of undoubtedly historic magnitude and as such, a coin that in all likelihood should fly past its conservative estimate range.
Estimate: 100000-150000 USD