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Lot 1248

1824. 4 over 2. NGC graded Proof 65. Only 3-4 examples struck. Pop 2; 2 finer in 67. This is one of the rarest series in all of U.S. numismatics. This piece is softly struck in the center of the obverse as well as over a few of the eagle's neck feathers at the junction with the shield. This is a curious feature to see in a proof striking, and it is indicative of the state of technology that prevailed in the United States Mint during the early 19th century. The balance of the devices are sharply defined, and neither side reveals any distracting hairlines, contact marks or other blemishes. Evenly toned in charcoal-gray patina that lightens ever so slightly over the reverse eagle. With such a limited extant population, the proof 1824/2 Dime represents a fleeting opportunity whenever an example appears on the market.

The examples that are known to exist of this exceedingly rare coin are as follows:
1. Ex: Adolphe Menjou Sale (Numismatic Gallery, 6/1950), lot 174; Harold Bareford Collection Sale (Stack's, 10/1982), lot 166; Lovejoy Collection (Stack's 10/1990), lot 66.
2. Ex: Poof Collection (Bowers and Merena, 7/2005) lot 381.
3. Ex: 1992 ANA Sale (Heritage, 8/1992), lot 1676; 1993 ANA Sale (Heritage, 7/1993), lot 6187. Certified Proof-65 by NGC at the time of both sales.
4. Ex: Howard R. Newcomb, exhibited at the 1914 ANS Exhibition; William Cutler Atwater Collection (B. Max Mehl, 6/1946), lot 91; Floyd T. Starr Collection (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 353. Uncertified at the time of the Starr Collection Sale, but almost certainly now residing in a Proof -65 NGC holder.
Estimated Value $35,000 - 45,000.

Realized $41,975

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