1845 $1 PR65 NGC. High R.6 as a proof. The 8 and 4 each show delicate repunching on this rare proof silver dollar. The 8 was initially entered low and too close to the 1. Aside from the date, the obverse die is well made with no engraving blunders, and no die cracks or clash marks. The reverse die is similarly crisp and well-made with a few vertical shield lines encroaching on the horizontal crossbars. Only 24,500 business strikes and a small number of proofs were minted during the year, and survivors are rare, whether Mint State or proof. We offered the Pittman-Kaufman specimen in January 2008, and included a roster of 14 known proofs, recording just two pieces that are finer than this example, and one other graded the same as this example from the Newman Collection that represents a 15th proof example. Mint State 1845 Seated Liberty dollars are also rare, with perhaps fewer than three dozen examples known. The obverse of this Gem proof exhibits wisps of champagne and pale blue toning over fully mirrored fields and lustrous devices. The reverse is light silver-gray with hints of blue and pale gold toning. A splendid example showing trivial hairlines and contact marks that limit the grade. The strike is bold including full star center lines on the obverse and sharp leaf venation on the reverse. The hair and facial details are sharp and the eagle's plumage is bold. This piece is a borderline Cameo proof with exceptional eye appeal. From The Eric P. Newman Collection.
From Newman I (Heritage Auctions, 4/2013), lot 3906, realized $41125.00. Image and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, https://ha.com.
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