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    Choice Proof 1843 Quarter Dollar
    Last Offered in 1957

    1843 25C PR64 NGC. Although a few light hairlines and other tiny contact marks are evident in the fields, the surfaces are fully mirrored with light cameo contrast, and the entire piece has lovely pale gold surfaces with outstanding pewter-gray, steel-blue, and iridescent toning.
    The date is about centered in the space between the border and Liberty, and appears to slant up slightly to the right. The shield point is between the 1 and 8, nearly over the left edge of the 8. Heavy die polish lines are visible along the right side of the obverse shield, and into the drapery to the right of the shield. Star 7 is slightly recut. Most of the vertical shield lines on the reverse extend far into the horizontal crossbars, and line 2 of stripe 2 appears to reach the top of the shield.
    When we offered the Kaufman specimen in July 2008, we presented a roster of five pieces, along with two additional appearances. This coin is different from any of the five specimens in the roster, and, in fact, matches the plate of the June 1957 Stack's sale of the Thomas L. Smith Estate. Our revised roster now includes six different examples, with just one additional appearance, labeled A in the list below.

    1. PR66 NGC.
    1946 ANA Sale (Numismatic Gallery, 8/1946), lot 442 (unplated); John Jay Pittman Collection (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1309; Phil Kaufman Collection (Heritage, 7/2008), lot 1808.

    2. PR64 NGC.
    Thomas L. Smith Estate (Stack's, 6/1957), lot 529. The present specimen.

    3. PR64 NGC.
    Dr. Christian A. Allenburger Collection (B. Max Mehl, 3/1948), lot 1015; Floyd T. Starr Collection (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 403; Bowers and Merena (8/1998), lot 155.

    4. PR64 NGC.
    Judge Joseph F. Sawicki (5/1948); John Jay Pittman Collection (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 832 (part of an 1843 Proof Set); Heritage (8/2006), lot 5187.

    5. Brilliant Proof.
    Will W. Neil Collection (B. Max Mehl MBS, 6/17/1947; Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Collection (Stack's, 1/1984), lot 630 (part of an 1843 Proof Set).

    6. Proof.
    Smithsonian Institution.

    A. Proof.
    Davis-Graves (Stack's, 4/1954), lot 354, impaired. Not plated and unlikely to be identified in the future. It is either the same as the present specimen, an entirely different piece, or never a proof in the first place.
    From The Findley Collection.
    See: Video Lot Description(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 23W6, PCGS# 5537)


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