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Splendid 1849 Half Dollar, PR65
Perhaps Six or Seven Known

1849 50C PR65 NGC. Ex: P. Kaufman. This splendid Gem 1849 proof half dollar pedigrees to the Floyd Starr Collection, though this is not indicated on the NGC insert. While NGC and PCGS have certified a total of 10 specimens, at least three are probably resubmissions, as numismatic researchers are in agreement that no more than six or seven examples exist. An analysis of appearances known to us results in the following roster:

1. PR66 NGC.
John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1536; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 8/1999), lot 205; George "Buddy" Byers (Stack's, 10/2006), lot 1150. (We are unable to locate an appearance of a PCGS-graded PR66; perhaps it is the same as this specimen.)
2. PR65 NGC. The Kaufman coin. Floyd T. Starr Collection (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 549; Superior (7/1993), lot 421.
3. PR64 NGC. The Richmond Sale, Part III (David Lawrence, 3/2005), lot 1793.
4. PR64 PCGS. Long Beach Sale (Heritage, 9/2005), lot 3265. Catalogers note that a contact mark on Liberty's eye brow identifies the coin.

Additional Appearances.
A. PR64. Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1947.
B. Brilliant Proof. James A. Stack Collection (Stack's, 3/1975), lot 453.
C. Brilliant Proof. John Work Garrett Collection, Johns Hopkins University (Stack's, 3/1976), lot 214.

Iridescent cobalt-blue toning, imbued with splashes of orange and lavender, dominates the obverse of the Kaufman coin, while slightly deeper hues of blue uniformly spread across the reverse. A well executed strike imparts razor-sharp definition to the design elements. Close inspection reveals no mentionable contact marks or hairlines. A beautiful example of this extremely rare issue.
From The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Seated Proof Sets, Part Three. (NGC ID# 27TB, PCGS# 6393)

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