There are currently no items available for purchase in this Department. Search our Auction Archives below to find item values.
Opening Bid
:
Current Bid:
Reserve Amount:

You are the current high bidder on this lot with a secret maximum bid of %bidPretty%.
(%bidBP% w/Buyer's Premium (BP) ).


Notice: You are the current high bidder on this lot, but the next highest bid is within one increment. That means that any additional bids on this lot will outbid you. To increase your chances of winning, enter your highest maximum bid.

You are the current high bidder on this lot with a secret maximum bid of %bidPretty%.
(%bidBP% w/Buyer's Premium (BP) ).

You are the current high bidder on this lot.
(Sign-In to see your maximum bid)

Your secret maximum bid of %bidPretty% has been outbid.

Your secret maximum bid of %bidPretty% does not meet the reserve.

(Sign-In to see your maximum bid)

Your secret maximum bid does not meet the reserve.
(Sign-In to see your maximum bid)

Lot
1785

1853 25C Arrows and Rays Quarter PR66 Cameo NGC....

2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444

 
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Claim Item: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Auction Ended On: Aug 9, 2007
Item Activity: 10 Internet/mail/phone bidders
7,597 page views
Description:
Extraordinary 1853 Arrows and Rays Quarter, PR66 Cameo
1853 25C Arrows and Rays Quarter PR66 Cameo NGC. Ex: P. Kaufman. The 1853 issues are considered the rarest and most desirable proof Seated Liberty proof. All denominations are rare, especially the quarter dollar and half dollar. The Kaufman specimen offered here is second finest of four or five certified proofs.
Walter Breen recorded a proof mintage of five coins for each silver issue through the half dollar. However, it is not known where he obtained these figures. Breen also claims that the proofs were coined on March 3, 1853, on the strength of a comment made by Harold Newlin in 1883. Newlin claimed that the first half dimes with arrows were made on March 3, 1853. Since April 29 was the first coinage of record, Breen decided that the proofs of all denominations were made on March 3.
David Akers published a brief Census in the Pittman catalog, which we have expanded as 10 years have passed since that sale. Seven different examples are listed, although one or two of these can be discounted as prooflike business strikes. Only four of the following seven pieces have been certified as proofs.

1. PR66 Cameo NGC. The present coin.
Kaufman Collection. This piece does not match any of the following.

2. PR65 NGC.
Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1454; Heritage (1/1998), lot 6782; David Lawrence (3/2005), lot 1522. In the Eliasberg catalog, Dave Bowers described this piece as MS64, prooflike, noting "possibly a candidate for 'proof' attribution." Since the time of that sale, it has been certified as a proof.

3. PR64 NGC.
Jerome Kern Collection (B. Max Mehl, 5/1950), lot 1445; John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1325; Bowers and Merena (8/1999), lot 141; Goldberg Coins (2/2002), lot 704; Superior (1/2004), lot 287.

4. MS64, prooflike.
Thomas L. Elder; Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 3/1988), lot 1594. Dave Bowers cataloged this as a prooflike business strike in the Norweb catalog, but a decade later Dave Akers included it in his census of proofs.

5. PR63 PCGS.
Stack's, Auction '80, lot 1184; Stack's, Auction '90, lot 143; Stack's (5/1992), lot 2659; Superior (6/1999), lot 2099; Superior (10/2000), lot 4360; Goldberg Coins (5/2001), lot 561; Superior (1/2004), lot 2354.

6. Proof.
Lester Merkin (6/1968), lot 291; Stack's (10/1990), lot 1638.

7. Proof.
National Numismatic Collection; Smithsonian Institution.

NGC has certified a PR67 piece in addition to those listed above. We have no further notes about that piece, probably a resubmission of one of the above listed coins.
The obverse field is deeply mirrored, and the reverse field is lightly mirrored, with numerous die polish lines visible on both sides. Slight mirrored surface appears between the vertical shield stripes on the reverse. No clash marks, die cracks, or other defects can be found. Both arrowheads and the date are recut, visible mostly on the 53 and right arrowhead. The shield point is over the right base of the 1, or about centered between the 1 and 8. The reverse has faint die scratches inside the Q. Short die lines extend up to the left from the dentils outside of stars 11, 12, and 13.
Bold design elements on each side suggest the proof status of this Premium Gem. Every individual detail is bold and completely defined. Every central line in each of the 13 stars are complete. The head detail is stronger than any seen to date. No toning is present on either side, thus the brilliant silver surfaces allow maximum contrast between the fields and devices. The left obverse field has a shallow blemish between Liberty's arm and star 2. A partial wire rim is visible around much of the obverse and reverse circumference. Census: 1 in 66 Cameo, 1 finer (6/07).
From The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Proof Sets, Part One. (#5548)
(Registry values: P5) (NGC ID# 23WU, PCGS# 5548)

View all of [The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Proof Sets, Part One ]
View large image(s) of this item

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

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

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Guides and Pricing Information:

Previous Prices from Heritage Auctions
Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Price Guide
Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Population Guide
Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Find Auction Prices for Comparable Items:

Photographs:
Sign-in or Join (free & quick) to see the full image




FLOOR AUCTIONS View All
Open For Bidding
Coming Soon
HERITAGE MEMBERSHIP
878,677
bidder-members
$961,304,004
sold in the last year
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 
CONSIGNMENTS WANTED
Only 24 days left to consign to the 2014 October 8 - 12 PNG New York Invitational Coin Show US Coins Signature Auction - New York!
Learn About Consigning With Us
I was very pleased with the personal attention I was given.
P.W.,
Baltimore, MD
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit: compete.com
Take our 2014 Coin
and Currency Survey
Grand prize:
A Certified Uncirculated
1907 High Relief $20!*
Take the Survey
HERITAGE VIDEO TUTORIAL
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SEARCH
RECENT AUCTIONS
2014 July 10 - 13 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando
2014 July 10 - 13 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando
REALIZED $9,733,335
2014 April 10-12 & 15-16 CICF World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
2014 April 10-12 & 15-16 CICF World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $14,773,379
2014 April 24 & 28  CSNS World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
2014 April 24 & 28 CSNS World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $2,708,143