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    1934 Maryland Half Dollar, PR62
    One of Four Examples Known
    Ex: Sinnock-Pittman

    1934 50C Maryland PR62 NGC. The 1934 Maryland half dollar is an extremely rare issue in matte proof format, with an estimated mintage of 4-6 examples. Three specimens have been examined by Anthony Swiatek, one formerly in the possession of Wayte Raymond and two that were sold by James Kelly in the 1962 ANA Convention Sale, lots 2053 and 2054. One of the ANA coins was later acquired by famous numismatist John Jay Pittman and is the coin offered here. The other ANA coin is pictured on page 152 of Swiatek's Encyclopedia of United States Silver and Gold Commemorative Coins 1892-1954.

    When the present coin was offered in the Pittman Collection in 1997, David Akers noted:

    "This piece was formerly in the estate of John R. Sinnock who was the Chief Engraver at the Philadelphia Mint when the Maryland Half Dollar was designed and struck. The exact number of Proofs minted is unknown, but it is believed that only four specimens are known today, all of which can be traced to the Sinnock estate. Two pieces were in the 1962 ANA sale and this piece was believed by JJP to have been one of them, although he did not purchase it there, but rather obtained it nearly two years later from William Behringer (a.k.a. "Buffalo Bill") of Buffalo, New York on 2/3/64 for $120."



    This coin shows the distinctive matte finish used on proofs in the early part of the 20th century. The medium intensity gray surfaces show a few highlights of pale gold and pink toning, with the subdued mint luster typical of matte proof issues. The design elements are well-detailed and only minor signs of contact are evident. A small mark on Cecil Calvert's cheek can serve as a pedigree marker. As a point of reference, the only other certified proof Maryland half is an NGC PR64. That coin sold in the Stack's Bowers auction in March 2012, lot 4174, and realized $109,250.
    Ex: Chief Engraver John R. Sinnock; Sinnock estate; possibly 1962 ANA Convention Sale (James Kelly, 8/1962), either lot 2053 or 2054; William Behringer; purchased by John Jay Pittman on 2/3/1964 for $120; John Jay Pittman Collection, Part I (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 823, realized $24,200.
    From The Stephen L. Schechter Collection.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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