Lorin G. Parmelee - New York Stamp & Coin Co. 6/1890:1151 - William G. Woodin - Virgil Brand (journal id 57068) - Abe Kosoff (ca. 1962-64) - John J. Ford - John Murrell - Bob Lecce - exhibited at the 1995 ANA Mid-Winter Convention - Heritage "E-Fair Signature Sale" 10/1999:6120 - offered by Robert B. Lecce, Numismatist, Inc. in the August 9, 2004 issue of COIN WORLD (page 33) for $2,000,000.
According to Saul Teichman, this coin was purchased by Parmelee out of the Seavey collection, where it was listed as an 1844 Proof but no mention was made of a mintmark. Further, Teichman pointed out that B.G. Johnson offered this coin to F.C.C. Boyd on June 26,1940 for $275, but it is unclear if Boyd purchased the piece or not.
David Hall: This amazing coin is a true branch mint proof and it is unique. The coin has true mirror surfaces and white cameo devices. Like the 1844-O $5 branch mint proof, the 1844-O $10 proof has appeared on the market very infrequently. Both coins first appeared in the 1890 Parmelee sale. Virgil Brand purchased this coin for his collection in 1911 for $50. It then was off the market for many decades, resurfacing in the 1990s and it has since changed hands a few times since at a price of well over a million dollars.
Numismatic researcher, Saul Teichman, informed us that this coin appeared on a sales invoice dated June 26, 1940 from B.G. Johnson to F.C.C. Boyd. Johnson priced the coin at $275, with the following description: "Perfect Brilliant Proof. This is not a coin with proof surface but an actual proof, as is shown but its entire appearance. I imagine it was struck at Philadelphia before the dies were sent to N.O. [New Orleans]. It is certainly a great rarity and in all likelihood unique." It is not clear whether Boyd purchased the coin or not. Most likely the coin came from the Virgil Brand collection, where we know it resided for several years, thus we have one more piece we can add to the puzzle of this coin's pedigree.
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