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1845 Seated Dime, PR66
Immaculate Surface Preservation
Formerly in the Pittman and Kaufman Collections

1845 10C PR66 NGC. The present 1845 PR66 NGC dime comes out of the John Jay Pittman and Phil Kaufman collections, and at one time it was included in a complete 10-piece 1845 proof set comprising all gold, silver, and copper issues. It is worthwhile repeating David Akers' description of this sensational coin:

"Boldly repunched date, especially noticeable on 84, but also visible to a lesser degree on the 5. The date slants down slightly from left to right. The coin is fully struck with deep mirror fields and a prominent wire rim. As was the case with the Large Cent, the normally broad rim narrows below and to the left of the date. This is an absolutely extraordinary coin, possibly the finest known Proof Dime of this date and one of the highest quality Proof Liberty Seated Dimes of the decade. The colors in the toning are exceptional, blending light to medium reddish-gold with violet and electric blue. The reverse of this coin is especially beautiful and must be seen to be believed. First of all, from a quality standpoint, it is absolutely perfect. Second, the beauty of the toning is beyond my ability to describe it adequately. I can only say that no coin in the entire Pittman Collection surpasses it (and the collection obviously encompasses some of the most beautifully toned Proof coins in existence). The obverse is also very high quality, although there is one tiny planchet depression near the rock by the 1st star and a faint hairline from the 2nd star to the rock. There are also several tiny lint marks in the fields. With the exception of the 1841, the 1845 is at least as rare as any other Proof Dime of the 1840's; only 5 or 6 Proofs exist. Like the Half Dime, this Dime was purchased by JJP from the Menjou sale, 6/15/50, Lot 198, for $37. Starr, Lovejoy, and Eliasberg had Proofs of this date; Norweb, Garrett and James Stack did not. The National Numismatic collection in the Smithsonian Institution also has an example. That accounts for just five pieces, but it is always possible that one or two others may exist."


In addition to the beautiful toning Akers describes, this piece is exquisitely struck throughout all design elements, leaving no hint of softness. Each side displays immaculate preservation. A faint mark on the left (facing) breast, and another above the upper right corner of the shield, might help identify the coin for future catalogers. The aesthetic appeal and technical quality of this coin are beyond reproach. Census: 1 in 66, 1 finer (8/12).
Ex: Menjou Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 6/1950), lot 198; Pittman Collection (Akers, 5/1998), lot 1711, as part of a complete 1845 proof set; Phil Kaufman Collection / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3029, which brought $40,250.
From The Greensboro Collection, Part I. (NGC ID# 23BZ, PCGS# 4732)

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