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The mintage of the 1850 proof dime is unknown, but was undoubtedly very low. Our roster lists just six different examples, along with three other appearances that probably represent other auction appearances of the same coins.
In his October 1997 catalog of the Pittman Collection, David Akers says: ?? certainly no more than four or five (exist). Most of the recent great sales containing important Dime collections were lacking this date in Proof with the exception of the Floyd Starr collection sale in 1992, which contained a Choice Proof, and the Allen Lovejoy Collection in 1990, which contained a Proof that had formerly been in the Ellis Robison Collection. Norweb, Garrett, Eliasberg, Bareford, and James Stack, great collections with outstanding rarities and many Proofs, all failed to have an example of this date in Proof.?
The following roster of 1850 proof dimes is based on our comprehensive survey of auction records:
1. PR67 Star NGC. Phil Kaufman Collection (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3034.
2. PR67. J.C. Morgenthau (1/1943), lot 367, Floyd Starr (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 367.
3. PR65. French?s (2/1959), lot 861, John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 605.
4. PR61. Stack?s (2/1974), lot 1254, Ellis Robison (Stack?s, 2/1982), lot 1058, Allen Lovejoy (Stack's, 10/1990), lot 253.
5. Proof. Essex Institute (Stack?s, 2/1975), lot 493, Stack?s (12/1982), lot 304, Stack?s (10/1997), lot 463.
A. PR66 PCGS. Virgil Brand, New Netherlands Coin Company (52nd Sale, 12/1958), lot 451, Pennsylvania Cabinet, Bowers and Merena (1/1999), lot 1086, Bowers and Merena (8/1999), lot 108. New Netherlands sold this coin as a proof in 1958. PCGS certified the coin as MS66 for the January 1999 Bowers and Merena offering. Seven months later, it appeared in another Bowers and Merena sale, certified as PR66 PCGS.
B. PR63 NGC. Heritage (10/1990), lot 546.
C. Proof. Paramount (5/1982).
D. Proof. New England (7/1978), lot 465.
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