1801 Draped Bust Dollar – Proof Restrike

Actually a “Novodel” (made from copy dies). Often referred to by numismatists as a “Fantasy piece.” Struck sometime between 1836 and the 1850’s. The first record of the coin’s existence was in the March, 1876 edition of The Coin Collector’s Journal, where Edouard Frossard described Capt. John W. Haseltine’s display of a set of dollars dated 1801, […]
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1804 Capped Bust Gold Eagle

Proof. Plain 4. Actually a “Novodel” (made from copy dies). One of the greatest rarities among early eagles. As many as 8 pieces may have been struck, but only 4 are currently traceable. Struck around 1834 for inclusion in special sets intended for diplomatic presentation to Muscat, Siam, Japan and Cochin-China. The set presented to the […]
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1921 Morgan Dollar – Chapman Proof

In 1921, politically connected promoter and renowned numismatist Farran Zerbe arranged to have a limited number of proof examples of the re-introduced Morgan dollar struck at both the Philadelphia and San Francisco Mints. These “Zerbe Proofs” were made from hairlined dies (from insufficient polishing) and the resulting coins displayed somewhat less than a proper proof […]
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