Dr. Christian A. Allenburger Collection - B. Max Mehl 3/1948:385 - Dr. J. Hewitt Judd Collection - Kosoff 1962 (or 2?) FPL, lot 36 - Kreisberg & Schulman 3/1964:1289 - L.A. Collection - Stack’s 10/1990:1646 - John Whitney Walter Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1777, $138,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1100, $587,500
This is one of the most remarkable of all early U.S. coins. It is a fully prooflike 1796 Half Dollar, replete with lintmarks on both sides from where the planchets and/or the dies were wiped before the coin was struck. Lintmarks are typical on later Proof coin and they indicate a high degree of special care and preparation. Technically, there are no American Proof coins prior to 1917, but there are several coins (this one included) that were obviously made for a special purpose, thus they are called Specimen coins. There is no other 1796 Half Dollar like this. It has a great pedigree going back to the Allenburger and Judd collections, the latter being the well-known author of the standard reference book on U.S. pattern coins.
© 1999-2016 Collectors Universe NASDAQ: CLCT