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    1842 Dollar, Glittering Gem Proof
    Considered the Finest Known

    1842 $1 PR65 NGC. The exquisite 1842 Seated Liberty proof dollar from the Greensboro Collection ranks among the finest known examples. 1842 proofs are more frequently seen than the previous year's proof dollars, and are only marginally more available than the 1840 date. Numismatists vary somewhat in their estimates of surviving 1842 proof dollars. David Akers, for example, suggests a population of 10 to 12 coins in the Pittman catalog; David Bowers, in his 2006 A Buyer's Guide to Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars of the United States, estimates seven to 14 specimens; and Weimar White, in his 1985 Liberty Seated Dollar reference, suggests fewer than 10 extant pieces.

    Our allusion to the Greensboro 1842 proof dollar as possibly the finest known example relates to NGC's certification of two PR65 coins. The question arises as to whether the second specimen resides in a private collection that as yet has escaped public notice, or is a resubmission of the Kaufman coin, which would then rank it as the finest. In addition to the two PR65 submissions, NGC has seen a PR64, three PR63s, a PR62, and a PR61. PCGS has certified a PR64 and a PR62. Again, some of these are likely resubmissions.

    Based on the estimates of previous researchers and on the number of certified examples, it is possible that from one to three other examples remain unrecognized in our roster:

    1. PR65 NGC. The Greensboro specimen. The Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 3780; Phil Kaufman Collection (Heritage, 4/2008), lot 2382.
    2. PR63 NGC. Dr. John L. Pellegrini (Heritage ANA Sale, 7/2005), lot 10258; FUN Sale (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 1059.
    3. PR62 PCGS. Lester Merkin (10/1969), lot 376; John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1673; Morris Silverman (Heritage, 4/2002), lot 4072; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 5/2004), lot 253; 2006 ANA (Bowers and Merena, 8/2006), lot 2345.
    4. PR61 NGC. Richmond Collection, Part III (David Lawrence, 11/2004), lot 1507.
    5. PR58. Superior (9/2002), lot 1067.
    6. Proof. Smithsonian Institution.
    7. Proof. American Numismatic Society.


    The Greensboro coin is a glittering Gem with superb golden-tan patina imbued with blushes of sky-blue, lilac, russet, and purple. Mirrored fields offer moderate contrast with the motifs at all angles of observation, but mostly when the coin is rotated just slightly beneath a light source. A solid strike brings out sharp definition on the design elements, leaving no areas with even the slightest hint of weakness. A couple of minute milling marks to the left of the upper left (facing) shoulder of Liberty, along with a tick concealed in the hair at the top right of Liberty's head, may help identify the piece for future catalogers.
    Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2008), lot 2382.
    From The Greensboro Collection, Part IV.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 24ZS, PCGS# 6983)


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