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1843 H10C Tripled Date PR67 NGC....

2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114

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Magnificent 1843 Tripled Date Half Dime, PR67 ★
The Finest Certified
1843 H10C Tripled Date PR67 NGC. Ex: P. Kaufman. The Phil Kaufman collection boasts the finest known 1843 proof half dime. It is the best of eight pieces certified by NGC and PCGS, and is the only example assigned NGC's coveted Star designation.
Most plated catalogs show 1843 half dime appearances to be the Triple Punched Date variety, unrecognized in Daniel Valentine's The United States Half Dimes. David Akers, in his cataloging of the two 1843 proof half dimes from the John Jay Pittman collection (October 1997, lots 470 and 832), contends that all proofs exhibit a Triple Punched Date: "... it is almost certainly the case that all Proof Half Dimes of 1843 are from these dies since they were all struck at the same time for inclusion in the 10-15 Proof sets of the year." We concur with Akers' findings regarding proof varieties.
One notable exception is the Reed Hawn specimen, plated in Stack's (8/1973), lot 597, which, despite the small size of the photograph, shows the tops of the date digits nearly touching the rock base, instead of being positioned much lower as with the 1843 Tripled Date. The Hawn specimen was previously from Lester Merkin's April 1966 sale, lot 76 (unplated), and the Stack's 1971 ANA Sale, lot 621 (also unplated), according to catalog notations. Unless or until the Hawn specimen reappears, its status as a second proof variety, or a prooflike business strike, remains unknown.

The following roster of Tripled Date proofs includes all pieces currently known to us:

1. PR67 * NGC.
The Kaufman coin, apparently different than any of the following specimens.

2. PR65 NGC.
The Richmond Sale III (David Lawrence Rare Coins, 3/2005), lot 1084.

3. Choice Proof.
The John Jay Pittman Collection (David Akers, 10/1997) lot 470.

4. Choice Proof.
The John Jay Pittman Collection (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 832. Included in Pittman's cased 1843 proof set.

5. PR63 PCGS.
Superior Galleries (10/2000), lot 4322.

6. Brilliant Proof.
The Floyd T. Starr Collection (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 325.

7. Impaired Proof.
Smithsonian, from Mint proof set.

An exacting strike imparts full delineation to the design elements of this magnificent star-designated Superb Gem proof. Soft sky-blue and violet colors are interspersed throughout the obverse, while a slightly deeper shade of blue occupies the central area of the reverse, flanked by violet at the margins. No marks of consequence are noted on either side. A small toning spot beneath the upright of the E in STATES and to the right of the uppermost leaf on the left wreath might help in identifying the coin. The date numerals are dramatically tripled at their bases, having been entered too low, with each successive repunching progressively higher.
From The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Proof Sets, Part Four.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 235B, PCGS# 4419)

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