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    1870 Half Dollar, PR67
    Ex: Kaufman, John Story Jenks
    Tied for Finest Known

    1870 50C PR67 NGC. CAC. Ex: Phillip Kaufman Collection. This pristine Superb Gem proof is bathed in aquamarine and rose-gold patina. The strike is bold save for minor blending on Liberty's chest and the eagle's left (facing) ankle. This half dollar appeared in a 1992 Superior auction as part of a group of consecutive original proof sets (dated 1865 through 1890) "purchased at the Mint at the time of issue and only reappearing again in 1991 ... . Our consignor has asked to sell these singly rather than in sets." However, in its 1999 Sotheby's appearance, the lot description stated it came from the John Story Jenks collection. Jenks (1839-1923) was among the most prominent numismatists at the turn of the last century, and unlike most collectors of his day, always pursued the highest obtainable quality. In 2013, Kevin Flynn wrote a biography of Jenks and concluded that "John Story Jenks is the greatest American coin collector." Henry Chapman's 1921 auction of the Jenks collection included a lengthy run of original proof sets. At the time of its 1992 auction appearance, the present proof 1870 half dollar was the single finest certified. Only two other NGC coins equal the grade of this spectacular coin, and PCGS has only certified two at the MS67 level (2/19). This is the only CAC-endorsed PR67.
    Ex: John Story Jenks Collection (H. Chapman, 12/1921), lot 6316, part of an original nongold proof set; Orlando Sale (Superior, 8/1992), lot 356; John and Rebecca Moores Collection (Sotheby's, 11/1999), lot 34; Phil Kaufman Collection (Heritage, 5/2003), lot 6784; Eugene H. Gardner Collection (Heritage, 6/2014), lot 30538, where it sold for $21,150. (NGC ID# 27U5, PCGS# 6428)

    Weight: 12.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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