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    Finest Known 1842 Dime, PR65 Cameo

    1842 10C PR65 Cameo NGC. Ex: P. Kaufman. The PR65 Cameo dime from the Phil Kaufman Collection ranks as the finest known 1842 proof of the denomination. Moreover, it once resided in the famous Norweb and Lovejoy collections.
    The Kaufman specimen is the only one of seven coins given the Cameo designation by either NGC or PCGS. NGC has also seen a PR64 and a PR65, and PCGS has graded one each from PR62 through PR65.
    The roster of 1842 proof dimes that we have developed consists of five different specimens. Yet it is possible, if not likely, that more pieces are extant. We say this because we are unable to account for any of the PCGS-graded examples. While it is possible some of these are resubmissions or crossovers, it may be that there are an unknown number of 1842 proof dimes in private collections that have not yet crossed the auction block.

    1. PR65 Cameo NGC. The Kaufman specimen.
    The Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 10/1987), lot 468; Allen F. Lovejoy (Stack's, 10/1990), lot 211. The Norweb cataloger indicates that the provenance is unknown, but believed to have been obtained circa 1908-1910.
    2. PR65 NGC. Floyd T. Starr (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 361; Richmond Collection, Part III (David Lawrence, 3/2005), lot 1237.
    3. PR62 NGC. Superior (10/1990), lot 3491.
    4. Proof. American Numismatic Society Collection.
    5. Proof. Smithsonian Institution. Interestingly, Breen for some reason queries "is it still there?"

    Deeply mirrored fields establish distinctive contrast with the satiny motifs, confirming the Cameo designation. An impressive strike leaves strong delineation on the design features, further accentuating the device-field variance even more. None of the relief features present even the slightest hint of localized weakness. The fully brilliant surfaces are well cared for, revealing no more than a few unobtrusive ticks that are completely within the parameters of the grade. A minuscule spot between star 8 and the cap serves to pedigree the coin. A small lint mark is visible between star 12 and the knee, and an inverted U-shaped one occurs above the reverse bow. This is a charming example for the aficionado of Seated Liberty proofs.
    From The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Seated Proof Sets, Part Three. (NGC ID# 23BW, PCGS# 84729)

    Weight: 2.67 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

    View all of [The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Seated Proof Sets, Part Three ]

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