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    1845 Proof Set Presentation Case

    1845 Proof Set Case.
    The maroon leather-covered wood presentation case for the 1845 proof set was intended for a 10-piece set, including the three gold denominations. While it is impossible to know for certain that this case was the "original" case for the set, it is clearly a contemporary case intended for proof coins struck between 1836 and 1849. With only three spaces for gold coins, the case was manufactured prior to the 1849 introduction of the gold dollar or the 1850 beginning of the double eagle. The three gold coins may have appeared in the March 1948 "Memorable" Sale, conducted by Numismatic Gallery. Those three coins sold to John J. Pittman and are pedigreed to Colonel Green.

    The 30 mm. diameter of the half dollar space limits the earliest date to 1836 with introduction of the Reeded Edge pieces. The case measures 13 cm x 8.7 cm x 1.7 cm and is slightly warped due to its age. The clasp is broken and slight wear appears on the back. The top part of the case is loose but could easily be reglued.

    The top of the case is lettered in gilt EDWARD PEASE FROM JOHN PEASE. That presentation statement suggests that a father gave his son an 1845 proof set, perhaps as a birth year set or for some other celebration. There are a number of individuals named John Pease in early 19th century records, some who in fact had a son named Edward. The inscription clearly inspires further research.
    From The Eric P. Newman Collection.

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

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2013
    24th-28th Wednesday-Sunday
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