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    1840 No Drapery Dime, PR65 Cameo
    The Phil Kaufman Example
    Tied for Finest Graded

    1840 10C No Drapery PR65 Cameo NGC. Ex: P. Kaufman. Brilliant centers are graced by light champagne color and framed by pale lilac and vivid blue. NGC has assigned a Cameo designation to memorialize the remarkable contrast between the fields and devices. Like the 1840 proof half dime, the interior space of the 4 crowds the thin, flat top of this digit. Star 2 is minutely repunched, although there is no apparent recutting on any other star. A faint horizontal die line pierces the top of Liberty's head. The reverse has a few short, diagonal spines from the border over OF, and both sides have faint die polish lines. The Eliasberg specimen shows these identical characteristics, and the others probably do as well. David Akers points out that the reverse spines over OF are diagnostic for proofs of this issue.

    The original mintage of the proof 1840 No Drapery dimes is unknown, although certainly quite small. Only five or six pieces are known today, including the Kaufman-Gardner Gem Cameo proof, a piece that is tied for the finest example known to us. Many important collections offered in recent years have lacked this date in proof, including the Garrett, Norweb, and Lovejoy collections. Five of the known examples are listed in our roster of survivors:

    1. PR65 Cameo NGC. The present coin. Ex: Kaufman Collection. See pedigree below. This piece does not appear to match any below.
    2. PR65 Cameo NGC. Greensboro Collection, Part I / Dallas Signature (Heritage, 10/2012), lot 3939.
    3. PR65 NGC. Allenburger Collection (B. Max Mehl, 3/1948), lot 985; John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 586; Bowers and Merena (8/1999), lot 104; Richmond Collection (David Lawrence, 3/2005), lot 1235.
    4. PR64 NGC. Heritage (10/2001), lot 6028. This piece is identified in the catalog and on the NGC slab as the Eliasberg specimen, although the plates do not match.
    5. PR63. Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 1117.

    Ex: Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Proof Sets, Part One / Milwaukee ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2007), lot 1780.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 84724)

    Weight: 2.67 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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

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