1841 $1 PR63 NGC....
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Our own research into auction records resulted in the following roster of 1841 proof dollars:
1. PR64 PCGS. Hollinbeck Coin Co. (2/1953), lot 29; John J. Pittman (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1672; Richmond Collection (David Lawrence, 11/2004), lot 1506; Rod Sweet Collection (Bowers and Merena, 7/2005), lot 1002.
2. PR63 NGC. The Kaufman specimen. George B. Hussey (J.C. Morgenthau, 3/1940), lot 123; Floyd T. Starr (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 581; Superior (7/1993), lot 553, $14,850; Kenneth C. Long (Bowers and Merena, 5/1995), lot 1211.
3. PR63 NGC Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 2205; Dr. John L. Pellegrini (Heritage, 7/2005), lot 10257.
4. Proof. Col. E.H.R. Green; Jack Roe (B. Max Mehl, 6/1945), lot 435; Jerome Kern; Golden Jubilee Sale (B. Max Mehl, 5/1950), lot 811; Amon Carter Collection (Stack's, 1/1984), lot 247.
5. Proof. Smithsonian Institution.
6. Impaired Proof. Stack's (9/1987), lot 1493.
7. Impaired Proof. Stack's (9/1972), lot 992.
A. Haseltine Type Table; Davis-Graves Collection (Stack's, 2/1954), lot 1338. Not plated. Described as "Proof. Very small stars. Very rare. From Haseltine Collection."
B. Waldo Newcomer; F.C.C. Boyd; World's Greatest Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 1/1945), lot 128.
C. Virgil Brand Estate; J.H. South (Stack's, 5/1951), lot 803.
D. David Golding (Stack's, 6/1952). Possibly the same as A.
E. 1962 New York Metropolitan (Stack's, 1/1962), lot 1624.
F. Harmer Rooke (8/1987), $3,520.
G. Superior (1/1988), lot 2235. This piece is described by Superior as "Possible Proof 60." The catalog plate (color and black and white) does not suggest a proof coin.
The Select specimen from the Kaufman cabinet exhibits delightful deep blue-gray toning in the obverse fields that sets off the champagne-blue central device, while the reverse fields display a mélange of blue, violet, and lavender that highlights the mostly champagne-gold central motif. The contrast is further aided by a fair amount of reflectivity in the fields. A well executed strike translates into sharp definition on the design elements, including the star radials, Liberty's sandal, and the eagle's plumage. There are no mentionable contact marks; indeed, the only pedigree identifier is an as-made "S" shaped lint mark to the right of the top-most arrowhead. Some faint, inoffensive hairlines in the fields keep this gorgeous specimen from being designated a higher grade.
From The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Seated Proof Sets, Part Two.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24ZR, PCGS# 6982)
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