Splendid 1847 Half Dollar, PR641847 50C PR64 NGC. Ex: Pittman-Kaufman. This splendid 1847 proof half dollar is from the John Jay Pittman Collection. It has exceptional aesthetic appeal and ranks among the most desirable coins in the present offering.
Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert, in their Liberty Seated Half Dollars reference, estimate that fewer than 15 1847 proof half dollars are known, while Walter Breen, in his Proof Encyclopedia, lists 10 specimens, including the one impounded in the Smithsonian. Further, NGC and PCGS have seen a total of 20 coins, including resubmissions. In addition to the Smithsonian specimen, the following roster enumerates certified 1847 proof half dollars from auction catalogs available to us:
1. PR64 NGC. The Kaufman example. Col. E.H.R. Green; Adolph Friedman Collection; 1946 ANA (Numismatic Gallery, 8/1946), lot 827; John Jay Pittman Collection (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1532.
2. PR64 NGC. Auction '90 (Stack's, 8/1990), lot 213; Superior (10/2000), lot 4375; Fairfield Family Trust (Ira and Larry Goldberg, 5/2001). Lot 715.
3. PR64 NGC. Heritage (3/2007), lot 827.
4. PR63 PCGS. David Queller Family Collection (Stack's, 3/1997), lot 615; Heritage (1/2008), lot 2890.
5. PR63 NGC. Richmond Sale, part III (David Lawrence Rare Coins, 3/2005), lot 1791.
6. PR61 PCGS. Father Flanagan's Boys Home Sale (Superior Galleries, 5/1990), lot 3804.
7. Proof. Smithsonian Institution.
Additional appearances, which may or may not duplicate the above:
A. PR64. Stack's (10/1993), lot 688.
B. PR64 NGC. Bowers and Merena (8/1999), lot 204.
C. Choice Brilliant Proof. Reed Hawn Collection (Stack's, 10/1993), lot 688.
D. PR63. Superior (2/1991), lot 1721.
E. PR62. Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1940.
F. PR60 or finer. The Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 3147.
An exacting strike imparts bold definition to the design elements on the near-Gem proof from the Kaufman collection, including complete separation of Liberty's foot and sandal, and crispness on all the star centrils, Liberty's hair, and the eagle's plumage. While both sides appear untoned at first glance, hints of soft tan-gray color show up under magnification. The surfaces are nearly pristine, save for some fine hairlines revealed under magnification. A minute mark just below the elbow of the left (facing) arm is mentioned solely for pedigree purposes. Overall, a sharp coin with a great pedigree.
From The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Proof Sets, Part Four. (NGC ID# 27T9, PCGS# 6391)
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The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato is the culmination of more than 10 years of research into the Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar series, one of the most coveted type coins in American numismatics and one about which remarkably little has been written.
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