Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 


    Delightful 1852 Half Dollar, PR65
    The Finest of Three or Four Known

    1852 50C PR65 NGC. Ex: P. Kaufman. The Kaufman 1852 proof half dollar is the finest of just three or four specimens. The actual mintage is unknown, though the online reference estimates 10 coins were struck. This is probably on the high side. Breen enumerates three examples, and NGC has graded four pieces, while PCGS has seen none. Our roster identifies three distinct coins, and the possibility of one or two others.

    1. PR65 NGC. The Kaufman coin.

    2. PR63 NGC.
    The Tecumseh Sale (Steve Ivy Numismatic Auctions, Inc., 12/1979), lot 700; Auction '84 (Paramount, 7/1984), lot 668; Worrell Collection (Superior Galleries, 9/1993), lot 731; Stack's (10/1996), lot 303. In 1993, the Superior cataloger noted: "Purchased by Paramount from Robert Batchelder, a Pennsylvania dealer, in 1974 and sold privately in early 1975. It later appeared in Steve Ivy's Tecumseh Sale." The Superior pedigree chain for this piece also lists, incorrectly, lot 203 in Auction '86, which is an 1852-O Brilliant Proof half dollar.

    3. PR63.
    Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 3157; Jascha Heifetz Collection (Superior, 10/1989), lot 1590.

    Additional appearances:

    A. Proof.
    Newcomb, part I (J.C. Morgenthau, 2/1945), lot 746 (per Breen, who says "later untraced unless this is the former W.L Carson specimen via Lester Merkin." If Breen is referring to Merkin's February 1971 sale, lot 755, he is mistaken, as that coin is an 1852-O Brilliant Proof half dollar).

    B. Proof.
    Paramount, per Breen.

    The Kaufman Gem proof half dollar displays pleasing mirrored fields (including the areas between the stripes of both shields) that establish pronounced contrast with the satiny motifs. Whispers of gold-tan, sky-blue, and lavender make occasional visits to each side, slightly more so on the obverse, and a powerful strike results in bold detail on the design elements. Nicely preserved surfaces reveal just a few faint hairlines in the fields intermingled with die polish lines. Proof halves of 1852 are extremely rare, so the aficionado of early Seated Liberty proofs will want to give special attention to this delightful specimen.
    From The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Proof Sets, Part Four. (NGC ID# 27TD, PCGS# 6397)

    View all of [Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Proof Sets, Part Four ]

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  | NGC Coin Grading Guarantee  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    Jul-Aug, 2008
    30th-3rd Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 3,259

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato

    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato is the culmination of more than 10 years of research into the Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar series, one of the most coveted type coins in American numismatics and one about which remarkably little has been written.

    This work will be the premier reference for 1796-1797 half dollars for years to come. Institutions having an extensive numismatic library or coin cabinet will find it a valuable complement to their holdings, and catalogers charged with writing up specimens for auction can now have an indispensable source of background and pedigree information. Likewise, coin dealers seeking to purchase one or more '96 or '97 half dollars for a client or for inventory, and collectors who own, have owned, or desire to own one will want this important reference work for their libraries.

    Order Now! Just $59.95

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 38 days left to consign to the 2017 July 31 - August 8 ANA World Coins Signature Auction - Denver!

    Learn about consigning with us

    We are very sold on your company and on you.
    Robert Douglas,
    Robinson, IL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $9,829,887
    2017 April 7 - 10 CCE World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    2017 April 7 - 10 CCE World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $6,346,758
    2017 January 5 - 9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction -
    2017 January 5 - 9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction -
    REALIZED $1,283,993