Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 


    1921 Morgan Dollar, PR65
    The Rare 'Chapman' Proof'

    1921 $1 Chapman PR65 NGC. This is among the finest examples of the Chapman proofs that Heritage has ever had the privilege to offer -- now back for a repeat performance. This is likely the rarest proof Morgan dollar (a term that acquires special meaning in conjunction with this issue), particularly since some expert numismatists exclude the controversial Zerbe proofs as merely prooflike dollars struck from hairlined dies.

    The story of the creation of the Chapman proofs bears repeating here (courtesy of Bowers' Silver Dollar Encyclopedia:

    "In 1921, [coin dealer] Henry Chapman went to the Mint and had some mirror-surface Proofs struck to his order. This was done clandestinely by or for George T. Morgan, chief engraver, who had a little 'rare coin business' going on the side. Walter H. Breen reported that he has seen 'the bill of sale for 10 Proofs, Morgan to Chapman.' The original production of mirror-type Proofs must have been very small, perhaps just 15 in all (10 to Chapman, five to Ambrose Swasey). They were not officially sold by the mint, nor were any proof sets made that year."

    Further down in Bowers' discussion he quotes Breen concerning diagnostics of the Chapman proofs or, as Bowers calls them, "mirror-surface Proofs":

    "On the five Proofs Engraver Morgan sold to Ambrose Swasey, 6/4/21, and the 10 Morgan sold to Henry Chapman a week later, a short line points from rim to third star, and ends about 1 mm away; two die polish lines up from rim to first 1; hollow around Morgan's initial M (from overpolished die). Reverse dash between right star and wreath, touching neither; another, fainter, slanting up from left upright of I(CA); a third between S(T) and I of [IN], touching neither; faint scattered die striations around UN AM RICA."

    The present example shows only slight contrast between the fields and devices, more so on the reverse, and it is untoned. The "short die line" appears at the rim a couple of dentils up from star 3, and points diagonally downward toward that star. The first of the "two die polish lines" starts four dentils left of the left side of the first 1 and runs diagonally upward through the top serif; the second die line starts one dentil to the left and intersects the bottom of the 1. The "hollow" around Morgan's initial is clear. On the reverse the "dash between right star and wreath, touching neither" is plain; and the list goes on. The only die marker the present cataloger could not detect is the faint dash slanting from the top of I(CA).

    This coin is a must-have for the dedicated Morgan dollar proof specialist, especially those who already own the 1895 Morgan proof and the 1878 7 Tail Feathers proofs. Census: 3 in 65, 1 finer (2/13).
    Ex: St. Louis Central States Signature (Heritage, 5/2007), lot 2192, which brought $57,500.
    From The Greensboro Collection, Part III.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 2579, PCGS# 7342)

    View all of [The Greensboro Collection, Part III ]

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

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

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2013
    24th-28th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,352

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    17.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    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
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 25 days left to consign to the 2017 June 21 - 23 World Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I found it reassuring that your appraisal of my coin was realistic.
    J.G. ,
    Red Rock, TX
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    REALIZED $11,086,652
    2017 January 17 - 18 World Coins Signature Internet Auction - Dallas
    2017 January 17 - 18 World Coins Signature Internet Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $2,407,045
    2017 January 5 - 9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction -
    2017 January 5 - 9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction -
    REALIZED $1,283,993