The Kaufman Room

A fabulous and virtually complete collection of United States Seated Liberty proof coins from 1837 through 1891.

 

A fabulous and virtually complete collection of United States Seated Liberty proof coins from 1837 through 1891, the Kaufman Collection has been graded and encapsulated by NGC. This collection is noteworthy for the many rarities found within it, including numerous coins which are nearly unique or which represent the finest examples certified by NGC. Each piece is certified as part of the Kaufman Collection and will appear in the NGC Census Report.

Consisting of some 210 coins, all of the Seated Liberty design, this collection has been formed over several years and includes many pieces which are pedigreed to important collections. It is Mr. Kaufman's goal to eventually own a proof specimen for each and every date and denomination of the Seated Liberty type for which proofs are known.

Though there are some inevitable gaps in this sequence (the U. S. Mint did not make proofs for all of the dates before 1858), Mr. Kaufman is well on his way to completing his set. He intends to update existing coins whenever possible and, in his own words, "spent a fortune" at the May 1997 Bowers & Merena auction of coins formerly owned by the late Louis Eliasberg Sr.

Kaufman Complete Listing

A complete listing of the Kaufman Collection of pre-1858 Seated Liberty proof coins:

Denomination   Date Breen Number NGC Grade *NGC-Certified Pop Pedigree (where known)
HALF DIME 1837 3007 PF-64 1/1/04 --
HALF DIME 1838 3010 PF-65 1/0/1 ELIASBERG
HALF DIME 1839 3013 PF-63 1/2/03 --
HALF DIME 1840 no drapery 3017 PF-66 1/0/2 N. STACK
HALF DIME 1841 3024 PF-65 1/0/2 --
HALF DIME 1842 3028 PF-65 2/0/3 --
HALF DIME 1843 3032 PF-66 1/0/1 --
HALF DIME 1844 3033 PF-64 3/1/04 --
HALF DIME 1845 3038 PF-65 2/1/04 ELIASBERG
HALF DIME 1846 3040 PF-66 3/0/5 --
HALF DIME 1847 3041 PF-65 1/0/1 --
HALF DIME 1848 3045 PF-66 1/0/1 ELIASBERG
HALF DIME 1849 3050 PF-66 1/0/3 ELIASBERG
HALF DIME 1852 3061 PF-64 2/0/3 --
HALF DIME 1854 3068 PF-65 3/0/7 --
HALF DIME 1855 3073 PF-66 1/0/6 ELIASBERG
HALF DIME 1856 3078 PF-66 2/0/5 --
HALF DIME 1857 3084 PF-67 1/0/16 ELIASBERG
 
DIME 1837 3216 PF-66 2/0/13 --
DIME 1839 3222 PF-65 1/0/1 LOVEJOY
DIME 1840 no drapery 3228 PF-65 1/0/2 N. STACK
DIME 1842 3239 PF-65 1/0/4 LOVEJOY
DIME 1843 3242 PF-64 4/2/06 N. STACK
DIME 1845 3249 PF-64 1/1/02 LOVEJOY
DIME 1846 3251 PF-64 1/1/05 ELIASBERG
DIME 1847 3252 PF-66 1/0/1 ELIASBERG
DIME 1848 3254 PF-65 3/1/08 ELIASBERG
DIME 1849 3256 PF-66 2/0/2 --
DIME 1850 3263 PF-67 1/0/2 STARR
DIME 1852 3273 PF-65 2/0/4 ELIASBERG
DIME 1853 arrows 3277 PF-66 1/0/3 N. STACK
DIME 1854 3282 PF-66 1/0/3 --
DIME 1855 3290 PF-64 5/1/06 --
DIME 1856 3295 PF-66 2/0/10 --
DIME 1857 3302 PF-66 4/0/16 --
 
QUARTER 1842 3947 PF-64 1/1/02 --
QUARTER 1846 3965 PF-64 4/1/05 --
QUARTER 1847 3969 PF-66 1/0/2 STARR
QUARTER 1849 3976 PF-65 1/0/1 --
QUARTER 1853 arrows/rays 3989 PF-66 1/0/2 N. STACK
QUARTER 1854 3994 PF-64 2/2/05 N. STACK
QUARTER 1855 4003 PF-65 1/0/5 --
QUARTER 1856 4006 PF-67 1/0/12 --
QUARTER 1857 4011 PF-65 4/1/16 --
 
HALF DOLLAR 1839 no drapery 4744 PF-62 1/0/1 --
HALF DOLLAR 1840 4748 PF-64 1/0/1 STARR
HALF DOLLAR 1842 4759 PF-64 1/0/2 --
HALF DOLLAR 1843 4765 PF-65 1/0/2 --
HALF DOLLAR 1846 4786 PF-64 1/0/4 N. STACK
HALF DOLLAR 1847 4798 PF-64 1/1/06 --
HALF DOLLAR 1849 4814 PF-65 1/0/2 STARR
HALF DOLLAR 1852 4829 PF-64 1/0/2 --
HALF DOLLAR 1853 arrows/rays 4835 PF-66 1/0/3 NORWEB
HALF DOLLAR 1854 4845 PF-65 4/0/8 --
HALF DOLLAR 1855/4 4858 PF-64 3/0/3 --
HALF DOLLAR 1856 4866 PF-65 2/0/8 --
HALF DOLLAR 1857 4872 PF-65 2/0/16 GARRETT
 
SILVER DOLLAR 1840 5425 PF-65 1/0/4 STARR
SILVER DOLLAR 1841 5426 PF-63 1/0/1 STARR
SILVER DOLLAR 1842 5428 PF-65 1/0/4 --
SILVER DOLLAR 1843 5429 PF-63 4/0/4 CARTER
SILVER DOLLAR 1844 5432 PF-63 1/0/2 --
SILVER DOLLAR 1845 5434 PF-64 2/1/03 --
SILVER DOLLAR 1846 5436 PF-65 1/0/5 --
SILVER DOLLAR 1847 5438 PF-64 2/1/06 --
SILVER DOLLAR 1848 5440 PF-67 1/0/3 --
SILVER DOLLAR 1849 5441 PF-67 1/0/5 --
SILVER DOLLAR 1850 5443 PF-66 1/0/7 --
SILVER DOLLAR 1854 5451 PF-64 5/0/10 --
SILVER DOLLAR 1855 5452 PF-65 1/0/8 --
SILVER DOLLAR 1856 5453 PF-65 2/0/13 STARR
SILVER DOLLAR 1857 5455 PF-65 3/0/9 STARR

*Shows the number certified at that grade/the number graded higher/the total number graded; as of 7/97. Figures available in the NGC Census Report.

Pedigreed Coins in the Kaufman Collection

Eliasberg, Starr, Norweb, Lovejoy, Carter, Stack
In addition to the Eliasberg pedigree, other collections from which Mr. Kaufman obtained his rarities include those of Floyd T. Starr (sold by Stack's in 1992), the Norweb Family (sold by Bowers & Merena in 1987-88), the Garrett Family/Johns Hopkins University (sold by predecessor firm Bowers & Ruddy in 1979-81), Allen F. Lovejoy (auctioned by Stack's in 1990), Amon Carter, Jr. (a Stack's sale in 1984) and John J. Pittman (sold by David W. Akers in 1997-98). In addition, a number of the Kaufman proofs were formerly owned by the late Norman Stack of the Stack's firm, whose personal type collection was presented in a book he authored titled United States Type Coins: An Illustrated History of the Federal Coinage.

Ranging from half dimes through silver dollars, the Kaufman Collection includes a number of coins which are extreme rarities as proofs

Among the half dimes, these include 1838 (PF-64, Eliasberg), 1843 (PF-66) and 1847 (PF-65).

Dimes which are unique in NGC's census include 1839 (PF-65, Lovejoy) and 1847 (PF-66, Eliasberg).

Quarter dollars seem to be the rarest of the early proofs, and Kaufman's coins include an example of the very rare and famous 1842 Small Date quarter (PF-64), one of only six known, all of them proofs.

One of the greatest of all Seated Liberty rarities is the proof 1839 half dollar without drapery, of which just two are believed to exist. The Kaufman coin is the only one certified by NGC (PF-62). Another extremely rare half dollar within the NGC census is his 1840 specimen (PF-64, Starr).

Also from the Starr Collection and now a part of the Kaufman Collection is an 1841 silver dollar graded PF-63, a classic rarity.

The importance of the Kaufman Collection is such that its owner opted to have it documented by PHOTO PROOF following its grading and encapsulation.


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