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1837 Liberty Seated Half Dime. No Stars. Large Date. Proof-66 (PCGS).
The Pittman Proof 1837 No Stars Half DimeOnly Proof Issue of the Type1837 Liberty Seated Half Dime. No Stars. Large Date. Proof-66 (PCGS)."Kaufman's Proof half dime and dime of this type are gems. The half dime has a beautiful blue, red, and gold patina." - John Dannreuther, 2007Ideal shades of pastel blue and violet dominate the centers of this memorable half dime, yielding to rings of pale gold inside the rims on both sides. The devices and fields are very nearly flawless, even after extended scrutiny. Careful examination may reveal a tiny strike-through or "planchet chip," indicative of a tiny piece of grit left on the die, near Liberty's navel, or the infinitesimal spot near her cap, or the minor cloudiness below M of DIME. However, these are inconsequential. This coin approaches perfection: it is well struck, beautifully toned, and a pleasure to behold. The die state is early and crisp, showcasing the recutting below each of the date digits.The devices are executed perfectly in this tiny jewel-like form, thanks to the technological advances of the reducing lathe introduced at the Mint following Franklin Peale's trip to study innovations in European mints. The human impact upon the dies that struck this coin was little beyond punching in the date digits. This personal touch is reflected upon examination under magnification. Each individual date punch was punched too low, with 1, 3, and 7 on more or less the same line while the 8 actually overlapped with the denticles below. Correcting this error meant effacing most of the earlier digits, but not their bases, which remain. The die rotation, also set by human hands, shows the reverse to be a few degrees left of proper coin turn.After the Liberty Seated design was introduced on the dollar denomination in 1836, it was shrunk to size for the half dime and dime denominations in early 1837, followed by the quarter dollar in 1838 and the half dollar in 1839. The half dime, the smallest showcase of the Gobrecht design, was first struck on July 25, 1837. "I have the pleasure to send you herewith 20 half dimes of the new emission," Mint Director Robert Maskell Patterson wrote to Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury that day. "You will see that they are fair similes of the new dimes." Walter Breen suggested that all 20 pieces were Proofs, though the letter does not specify. PCGS has certified an 1837 Proof on 10 occasions, though this figure is undoubtedly greater than the number of discrete specimens they've seen. This coin traces its provenance to two of the most remarkable cabinets of early American Proof coins ever assembled. The Phil Kaufman Collection, sold in 2007, was deemed by early Proof expert John Dannreuther to be both the finest and most complete ever assembled, surpassing even the Mint's own cabinet. Thirty-two of Kaufman's coins came from the Pittman Collection, exactingly assembled from the 1940s through 1980s with an eye for rarity and quality. When Pittman began the collection, he was inspired by the value early Proofs offered in comparison with key dates and other coins then considered popular. With only a few exceptions, silver Proofs before 1858 were not listed in the Guide Book, and thus they did not appear on many want lists. This seems strange to consider today.This is the only issue of the No Stars type available in Proof, it is the very first year of a beloved and enduring design, and the appearance of this starless design in Proof format is supremely appealing. Alas, opportunities to acquire a specimen are few. Aside from the 2014 sale of the PCGS Proof-67 Gardner coin (at $105,750), this is the only example finer than Proof-63 to have been offered in 12 years. This coin has been off the market for a decade, following earlier gaps of 10 and 50 years while in the collections of Phil Kaufman and John Jay Pittman, respectively.PCGS# 4407. NGC ID: 2355. PCGS Population: 1, 1 finer (Proof-67).Publications: Dannreuther, John West. "Keys to the Kaufman Collection." The Numismatist, February 2007, p. 46. Plated on p. 46. Lange, David W. "The Amazing Kaufman Collection of Liberty Seated Proof Coins." The Gobrecht Journal, July 2000, p. 19.Provenance: Numismatic Gallery (Abe Kosoff and Abner Kreisberg); John Jay Pittman Collection, by sale, July 1947; David Akers Numismatics, Inc.'s sale of the John Jay Pittman Collection, Part One, October 1997, lot 452; Phil Kaufman Collection; Heritage's sale of the Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Proof Sets, Part One, August 2007, lot 1777.Est. $40,000-$50,000Read more
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The Netherlands – Year sets (Proof) 1996/2001 (6 different ones)
Complete series of Proof sets 1996 up to and including 2001 of the Netherlands, issued by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (Royal Dutch Mint) 1996 theme "5 cents", mintage 13,500 pieces.1997 theme "10 cents", mintage 12,000 pieces1998 theme "25 cents", mintage 12,000 pieces1999 theme "1 guilder", edition of 15,000 pieces2000 theme "2½ guilder", mintage 15,000 pieces2001 theme "5 guilder", mintage 17,000 pieces.Please see the images to form your own impression.This lot will be shipped by registered post.Read more
1866, 1871, 1868 Two Cent Coins
A grouping of United States two cent coins. Included is an 1866 coin, an 1871 coin, and an 1868 coin. These coins were designed by James B Longacre. They have a metal composition of 95% copper and ...Read more
Goldmünze Kaiserreich - Preußen 1902
20 Mark in Gold, 900/1000, 7,96 g, D 22,5 mm, av. Wilhelm II. Deutscher Kaiser König von Preußen Kopf rechts, rv. bekrönter Wappenadler, 1902 (A)Read more
1755 Spain 1/2 Escudo Gold Coin (JG PS)
1755 Spain 1/2 Escudo Gold Coin (JG PS)Please note that this lot has a confidential reserve. When you leave a bid in advance of the auction, submit your maximum. Jasper52 will bid on your behalf as much as necessary to ensure that you meet the reserve price or that you remain in the lead, up to your maximum. The bidder who has submitted the highest bid wins the lot, provided the bid exceeds the reserve price.Shipping:Domestic: Free shipping to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.Location: This item ships from CaliforniaAuthenticity:Photos, descriptions, and estimates were prepared with the utmost care by a fully certified expert and appraiser. All items in this sale are guaranteed authentic. Please contact us if there is a misrepresentation so that the item can be returned. Your purchase is protected:In the rare event that your purchase from this auction does not meet your expectations, Jasper52 specialists are here to help. If the item did not conform to the lot description in the sale, U.S. buyers may return the item for a full refund provided you notify Jasper52 within 5 days of receiving the item.Read more
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