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    Charming 1853 Arrows Dime, PR66

    1853 10C Arrows Dime PR66 NGC. Ex: P. Kaufman. Undoubtedly the finest known 1853 proof dime, the Kaufman coin has exceptional mirrors and amazing eye appeal, a treat for the connoisseur. Our Census lists five proofs, although the proof status of one or two others has been questioned. We believe that just three of the following five appearances represent true proofs.

    1. PR66 NGC.
    The present coin. Kaufman Collection. This example is different from any of the following.

    2. PR65
    . John Jay Pittman Collection (David Akers 10/1997), lot 615.

    3. PR63 NGC.
    Hollinbeck Coin Co. (6/1953), lot 1997; Norweb Collection (Bowers 10/1987), lot 484; Lovejoy Collection (Stack's 10/1990), lot 270.

    4. PR65 NGC
    . Superior (10/2000), lot 4345. The cataloger implies that this is the Pittman coin when he states that it is the finer of two known proofs, identifying the Norweb coin as the other one. However, the plate clearly shows an entirely different coin from either of those pieces.

    5. Choice Proof.
    Kamal Ahwash (8/1981); unknown; Stack's (3/1996), lot 276.

    We disagree with the belief of some numismatists that the 1853 proofs are unintentional pieces struck from dies that were resurfaced and polished to remove clash marks. Muted clash marks are present near Liberty's right leg and drapery, and inside the right branch of the wreath. Die resurfacing will remove these clash marks and other die defects, but an unavoidable consequence is the removal of shallow design elements. Careful observation of this proof shows complete design elements on each side, entirely ruling out the possibility of die resurfacing.
    Both sides of this boldly struck piece are sharp and complete. The mirrored fields are full and deep beneath bright champagne color with splashes of iridescent toning on both sides. Census: 2 in 66, 0 finer (6/07).
    From The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Proof Sets, Part One. (#4742)
    (NGC ID# 23CE, PCGS# 4742)

    Weight: 2.49 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 Proof Sets, Part One ]

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