This coin has been offered as a Proof in the past.
Byron Reed Collection - Western Heritage Museum - Spink America & Christie's 10/1996:118, $374,000
Rev. Foster Ely - Scott Stamp & Coin Co. 11/1888:43 - Harlan Page Smith Collection - Chapman Brothers 5/1906:219 - W.F. Dunham Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1941:2102 - unknown intermediaries - Kagin's 11/1974:1618 - Julian Leidman 8/1978 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:821 - Harvey B. Jacobson, Jr. Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4682, $431,250
David Akers (1975/88): In 1829, the design of the Half Eagle was completely reworked by William Kneass. There are a lot more differences between this 1829 variety and the previous one than just a date size difference and this is the reason I have opted for distinguishing them as Large Planchet and Small Planchet types rather than as Large Date and Small Date varieties as has historically been the case. The Small Planchet is less rare than the Large Planchet type but it is still a great rarity, more rare in fact than the 1815, 1828 or 1819. There are 10-12 known specimens at the present time.
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