1841 Half Dollar, Toned PR64
1841 50C PR64 NGC. Our roster suggests that about eight 1841
proof half dollars are known, mostly in the lower numeric range.
The Kaufman specimen is probably second finest. Randy Wiley and
Bill Bugert, in the Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half
Dollars, write of the 1841 proofs that there are "less than 6
known." Similarly, in the description of the Louis Eliasberg, Sr.
specimen, to which the present NGC-graded PR64 Phil Kaufman coin is
pedigreed, the cataloger writes that about a half dozen are
No More Than Eight Pieces Known
A total of seven 1841 proof half dollars have been certified, five by NGC and two by PCGS:
1841 Proof Half Dollar Roster
1. Proof. Smithsonian Institution.
2. Proof. American Numismatic Society.
3. PR65 NGC. James Kelly (privately, 1946); John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 1522, $44,000; Richmond Collection (David Lawrence, 3/2005), lot 1786, $47,150; American Numismatic Rarities (9/2005), lot 413; Goldberg Coins (2/2006), lot 1472, $55,200.
4. PR64 NGC. The present Kaufman piece. John G. Mills (S. H. and H. Chapman, 4/1904); J.M Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942); Louis Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1919, $18,700.
5. PR64 NGC. Superior (5/1990), lot 3803, $30,800; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 5/2008), lot 718.
6. PR62. Charles A. Cass; Empire Collection (Stack's, 11/1957), lot 1352, $110; Reed Hawn (Stack's 8/1973), lot 137, $2,100; Auction '81 (RARCOA), lot 137, $1,550; Auction '90 (Stack's), lot 210, $8,800; Stack's (3/ 2007), lot 849.
7. PR62 PCGS. Dr. R. H. Wilson; 1952 ANA (New Netherlands), lot 310; Elliot Landau (New Netherlands, 52nd Sale, 12/1958), lot 575; Dr. James O. Sloss (Bowers and Merena, 1/1999), lot 1137.
8. PR61 PCGS. Bowers and Merena (7/2005), lot 550, $16,675; Philadelphia Signature (Heritage, 8/2012), lot 5154.
A. Proof. David Golding (Stack's, 6/1952), lot 232.
B. Proof. Gustav Lichtenfels Collection (Kreisberg and Schulman, 2/1961), lot 2806. "Brilliant Proof. Sharp square edge. One of the very few in existence. Rare." Not plated.
C. Proof. Amwest (7/1981).
D. Proof. George H. Earle (H. Chapman, 6/1912), lot 2970.
On the reverse, several of the vertical lines in the shield extend entirely through the horizontals to the top of the shield. Complete definition is visible on the design elements of this lovely near-Gem proof example from the Eliasberg and Kaufman collections. Moreover, they are impressively highlighted by the deeply mirrored fields, and stand out as the coin is rotated under a light source. Delicate powder-blue and lilac toning resides on each side, and the well-preserved surfaces reveal just a few faint hairlines interspersed among die polish lines in the fields. The only pedigree marker that we can locate occurs on Liberty's right (left facing) arm above the elbow.
From The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Seated Proof Sets, Part Two / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3021.
From The Greensboro Collection, Part II. (NGC ID# 27T3, PCGS# 6385)
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