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    1840 No Drapery Half Dime, PR66
    Only Five Proofs Known

    1840 H10C No Drapery PR66 NGC. The advanced collector will appreciate this amazing, completely original proof, one of the finest known specimens. Only five or six examples are known, including the Kaufman specimen and three other Gems that have appeared in recent auctions.

    1. PR66 NGC. Kaufman Collection. This coin does not match the plates of the following examples. The present coin.
    2. PR66 NGC. O.K. Rumbel (8/1947); John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 460; Superior (5/2003), lot 2327.
    3. PR66. Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 950.
    4. Gem Proof. Allenburger Collection (B. Max Mehl, 3/1948), lot 987; Harold Bareford (Stack's, 10/1981), lot 59.
    5. Proof. Smithsonian Institution.


    Every individual design element is intricately and impeccably detailed with the solitary exception of the lower obverse border that shows slight weakness. Deeply mirrored fields are visible beneath a wonderful rainbow of color over both sides. The surfaces exhibit steel-blue, pale gold, russet, and heather toning. The central motifs, Liberty and the wreath, have substantial mint frost, although the contrast is not immediately evident.

    Breen narrowed the striking period of the small, unknown mintage to the second and third quarters of the year. A single die pair, unknown to Valentine, was used to coin all proof 1840 No Drapery half dimes. Star 10 is sharply doubled and some other stars are minutely doubled. The digit 4 has a thin, flat top, only slightly separated from the interior triangular space. Diagonal die polish lines in the reverse field slant down to the left and right in a tilted, crisscross pattern. Census: 3 in 66, 12 finer (11/13).
    Ex: Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Proof Sets, Part One /ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2007), lot 1779, where it realized $48,875.
    From The Greensboro Collection, Part V.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 2358, PCGS# 4416)

    Weight: 1.34 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

    View all of [The Greensboro Collection, Part V ]

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