Menu
Welcome Sign-In | Register
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 

Description

Glittering 1842 Gem Proof Dollar
Considered the Finest Known

1842 $1 PR65 NGC. Ex: P. Kaufman. The exquisite 1842 Seated Liberty proof dollar from the Phil Kaufman Collection ranks among the finest known examples. 1842 proofs are more frequently seen than the previous year's proof dollars, and are only marginally more available than the 1840 date. Numismatists vary somewhat, however, in their estimates of surviving 1842 proof dollars. David Akers, for example, suggests a population of 10 to 12 coins in the Pittman catalog; David Bowers, in his 2006 A Buyer's Guide to Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars of the United States, estimates seven to 14 specimens; and Weimar White, in his 1985 Liberty Seated Dollar reference, suggests fewer than 10 extant pieces.
Our allusion to the Kaufman 1842 proof dollar as possibly the finest known example relates to NGC's certification of two PR65 coins. The question arises as to whether the second specimen resides in a private collection that as yet has escaped public notice, or is a resubmission of the Kaufman coin, which would then rank it as the finest. In addition to the two PR65 submissions, NGC has seen a PR64, three PR63s, a PR62, and a PR61. PCGS has certified a PR64 and a PR62. Again, some of these are likely resubmissions.
Based on the estimates of previous researchers and on the number of certified examples, it is possible that from one to three other examples remain unrecognized in our roster:

1. PR65 NGC. The Kaufman specimen. The Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 3780.
2. PR63 NGC. Dr. John L. Pellegrini (Heritage ANA Sale, 7/2005), lot 10258; FUN Sale (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 1059.
3. PR62 PCGS. Lester Merkin (10/1969), lot 376; John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1673; Morris Silverman (Heritage, 4/2002), lot 4072; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 5/2004), lot 253; 2006 ANA (Bowers and Merena, 8/2006), lot 2345.
4. PR61 NGC. Richmond Collection, Part III (David Lawrence, 11/2004), lot 1507.
5. PR58. Superior (9/2002), lot 1067.
6. Proof. Smithsonian Institution.
7. Proof. American Numismatic Society.

The Kaufman coin is a glittering Gem with superb golden-tan patina imbued with blushes of sky-blue, lilac, russet, and purple. Mirrored fields offer moderate contrast with the motifs at all angles of observation, but mostly when the coin is rotated just slightly beneath a light source. A solid strike brings out sharp definition on the design elements, leaving no areas with even the slightest hint of weakness. A couple of minute milling marks to the left of the upper left (facing) shoulder of Liberty, along with a tick concealed in the hair at the top right of Liberty's head, may help identify the piece for future catalogers.
From The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Seated Proof Sets, Part Three.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 24ZS, PCGS# 6983)


View all of [The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Seated Proof Sets, Part Three ]

Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  | NGC Coin Grading Guarantee  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
April, 2008
16th-19th Wednesday-Saturday
Internet/Mail/Phone Bids: 3
Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
Page Views: 1,718

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
15% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

Heritage membership

Join Now - It's Free

VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 
Consign now
  • Cash Advances
  • More Bidders
  • Trusted Experts
  • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
Only 2 days left to consign to the 2016 June 22 - 23 World Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong!

Learn about consigning with us

Your individual attention and service has been of the very highest caliber.
S.J. Witte
View More Testimonials

HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Compete.com)

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED SO FAR $20,048,225
2016 April 14 - 19 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
2016 April 14 - 19 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED SO FAR $6,314,469
2016 January 7 - 11 FUN World Currency Signature Auction - Tampa
2016 January 7 - 11 FUN World Currency Signature Auction - Tampa
REALIZED $757,758

© 2016 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved