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    1840 No Drapery Half Dime, PR66
    The Pittman Example, Tied for Finest

    1840 H10C No Drapery PR66 NGC. Ex: Pittman. Perhaps no more than five or six high-grade proofs survive of this early Seated half dime issue, all struck between April-September 1840, the No Drapery type of 1838 and 1839. This is the ex: John J. Pittman Collection example. David Akers described this coin in the Pittman catalog:

    "Not in Valentine, but struck from the same dies as the Eliasberg specimen and all other known Proof 1804 Half Dimes. Fully struck with a well defined head, deep mirror fields and a high wire rim. The toning is a beautiful medium steel blue, russet and gold color. There are a few very light hairlines under the toning, but the surfaces are otherwise free of marks or other impairments."



    This well-preserved coin today appears much the same as it did in the Pittman Collection 17 years ago.

    Population Data (5/14): NGC shows one PR65 and three PR66. PCGS shows a single PR64.

    Heritage Commentary: We presented a roster of five Gem proofs in our sale of the Greensboro-Phil Kaufman example, including one example in the Smithsonian Institution. Akers, in cataloging this piece for the Pittman Collection, suggested a mintage of 10 pieces originally, an estimate that certainly seems reasonable today, given the survival of only a handful of coins.

    Provenance: O.K. Rumbel (8/1947); John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 460; Superior (5/2003), lot 2327.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 2358, PCGS# 4410)

    Weight: 1.34 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

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    June, 2014
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