1845 $1 PR (PCGS# 6986)


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1845 $1 PR67 NGC. Ex: Pittman-Kaufman. Two different varieties of 1845 proof dollars are known, and the Kaufman Collection coin is easily the finest of either variety. In fact, only two other examples of the 14 or so pieces known fall within two points of this magnificent Superb Gem proof. To illustrate the remarkable achievement of Phil Kaufman, consider that NGC has only graded three pre-1856 Seated dollars in PR67 (1845, 1848, and 1849) and the Kaufman Collection contains all three! PCGS has not graded any dollars from this date range in PR66 or PR67. David Akers considers it the finest proof Seated dollar he has seen from the entire decade. Phil Kaufman’s Superb Gem proof 1845 dollar is pedigreed to the John Jay Pittman Collection, where it was part of Pittman’s “Complete 1845 Proof Set in Original Case.” In his discussion of this coin, David Akers writes: “This proof silver dollar is essentially perfect and is unquestionably the finest proof dollar of the decade that I have ever seen. It is fully struck with a sharp square edge and deep mirror fields that are immaculate and pristine. The few lines present in the fields are actually planchet lines that were not eliminated by the minting process; they are not hairlines. The toning is as extraordinary and perfect as the technical quality of the surfaces, a superb medium multicolored iridescent blend of reddish-gold, which is the predominant color, and considerate violet and blue. Every star is boldly defined with all of its radial lines, and the head and foot of Liberty are extremely sharp. All of the eagle’s features and talons are also fully struck.” In addition to Akers’ thorough description of this marvelous coin, we would note that the mildly frosted motifs stand out against the mirrored fields at all angles, but especially when the coin is tilted under a light source. We would also mention that the reddish-gold color alluded to by Akers dominates the central areas of both sides. This patina gives way to gold
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