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    1841 Seated Half Dollar, PR64
    A Spectacular Early Proof Rarity
    One of Eight Believed Known

    1841 50C PR64 NGC. CAC. WB-102. Both sides of this near-Gem proof are awash in gorgeous low-intensity toning. Splashes of steel-blue and orange-gold reside in the fields, while the central motifs display champagne-silver color imbued with traces of violet and sky-blue. The color differences are such that the fields highlight the devices, especially when the coin is tilted under a light. The razor-sharp strike further enhances this variance, as all of the design elements exhibit full detail. Rounding out the outstanding eye appeal are impeccably preserved surfaces devoid of significant flaws. A minute mark to the left of the D in the denomination serves for pedigree purposes.

    Variety: WB-102. The 18 in the date is lightly recut north.

    Population Data (4/15): NGC and PCGS combined have seen eight submissions of this rare issue, likely including one or more resubmissions. NGC records four in PR64, with one PR65 finer; PCGS lists one PR61 and two PR63 (one PR63+).

    Heritage Commentary: The 1841 half dollar in proof format is an extreme rarity. It was produced in remarkably limited numbers, primarily for inclusion in silver proof sets in 1841. The number of coins struck is unknown, although the surviving population can be estimated with a fair degree of accuracy. Walter Breen, in his 1989 edition of Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins, cites nine 1841 half dollar proofs, of which he says: " ... at least five ... are different, the rest probable duplications." Our research accounts for what are likely eight separate examples in the roster.

    Roster of Proof 1841 Half Dollars
    1. PR65 NGC. James Kelly (privately, 1946); John Jay Pittman Collection, Part II (David Akers, 5/1998, lot 1522); Richmond Collection (David Lawrence, 3/2005), lot 1786; C.L. Lee Sale (American Numismatic Rarities, 9/2005), lot 413; Pre-Long Beach (Ira & Larry Goldberg, 2/2006), lot 1472.
    2. PR64 NGC. Boys Town Sale (Superior, 5/1990), lot 3803; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 5/2008), lot 718. The present coin.
    3. PR64 NGC. John G. Mills (S.H. and H. Chapman, 4/1904), lot 896; J.M. Clapp; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1919; Phil Kaufman; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3021; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2013), lot 5655; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2013), lot 6446.
    4. PR62 PCGS. Dr. R.H. Wilson; ANA (New Netherlands, 8/1952), lot 310; Elliot Landau Collection (New Netherlands, 12/1958), lot 575; Dr. James O. Sloss (Bowers and Merena, 1/1999), lot 1137.
    5. PR62. Charles A. Cass; Empire Collection (Stack's, 11/1957), lot 1352; Reed Hawn Collection (Stack's, 8/1973), lot 132; Auction '81 (RARCOA, 7/1981), lot 137; Auction '90 (Stack's, 8/1990), lot 210; Brooklyn Sale (Stack's, 3/2007), lot 849.
    6. PR61 PCGS. Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 7/2005), lot 550; Philadelphia Signature (Heritage, 8/2012), lot 5154.
    7. Proof. Smithsonian Institution.
    8. Proof. American Numismatic Society.

    Additional Appearances
    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." Unplated.
    C. Proof. "Capitol" MWNA Convention Sale (Amwest, 7/1981).
    D. Proof. George H. Earle (Henry Chapman, 6/1912), lot 2970.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 27T3, PCGS# 6385)

    Weight: 13.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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