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    1857 Seated Half, Beautifully Toned PR67
    Ex: Garrett-Kaufman

    1857 50C PR67 NGC. WB-101. The Kaufman 1857 Superb Gem proof half dollar displays beautiful cobalt-blue, lavender, violet, and yellow-gold toning over both sides, a shade or two deeper on the reverse. The surfaces are fully struck throughout. Each side exhibits noticeable field-motif contrast. As might be expected for the Superb Gem designation, the surfaces are impeccably preserved; other than the toning pattern, we are hard-pressed to locate pedigree identifiers for future catalogers and researchers.

    Variety: WB-101, Normal Date.

    Population Data (9/15): The combined NGC and PCGS populations are highly inflated by resubmissions. This piece is the sole PR67 at NGC, although one other is certified PR67 Cameo. None are finer in any contrast level. The finest at PCGS are two submissions in PR66.

    Heritage Commentary: Previous researchers have estimated that likely only about 25 -- and as few 13 to 16 -- 1857 proofs may exist. In actuality, the number is considerably higher. We have been able to trace what we believe are 35 different coins, although there may be some duplication in the roster; an educated survival estimate for the issue is 30 to 40 coins. This figure suggests a mintage of at least 50 pieces and is consistent with the frequency of auction appearances.

    Provenance: Professor Anthon Collection, Part V (Cogan/Bangs, 10/1884), lot 239; John Work Garrett Collection; The Johns Hopkins University (Stack's 3/1976), lot 226; Phil Kaufman; ANA Signature (Heritage, 7-8/2008), lot 1829.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 27TG, PCGS# 6411)

    Weight: 12.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    October, 2015
    28th Wednesday
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