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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 8, February 19, 2006, Article 19

MORE ON THE 1844-O PROOF EAGLE AND HALF EAGLE

Saul Teichman writes: "With regard to the 1844-O proof eagle
and half eagle, the coins were almost certainly the proofs
listed in the Seavey descriptive catalog.

The eagle was purchased by Virgil Brand at the Woodin sale
and entered into his journals at #57068.

Some other Brand purchases from Elder's Woodin sale are below.

1827 quarter restrike lot 416 $180 57014
1854 proof gold dollar lot 851 $65 57033  later to Pittman
1856 proof gold dollar lot 856 $30 57034
1857 proof gold dollar lot 859 $25 57035
1821 proof $2.50 lot 939 $63.50 57041
1834 $2.50 with motto lot ??? $300
1843 proof $2.50 lot 966 $94 57049
1848 proof $2.50 lot 973 $95 57050
1857 and 1858 proof $2.50 were also purchased
1838 proof $10 lot 1201 $200 57063
1839 UNC $10 lot 1202 57064 - later to Pittman
1843 proof $10 lot 1203 $100 57065
1848 proof $10 lot 1213 $100 57066  later to Pittman
1858 proof $10 lot 1223 $102.50 57067 same price as Jewett
  coin, mispedigreed in Breen's proof book !!
1858 proof $20 lot 1359 57069

These are shown to more complete some pedigrees in the Pittman
sales and to compare prices with other proofs sold at the time.
As one can see, the piece was not considered a big deal at the
time as most other proofs shown sold for more money.

The 1844-O proof half eagle was sold in the Farouk sale,
probably ex Newcomer, Col Green as Newcomer purchased Woodin's
half eagles in the mid-1920s and most of his rarer coins ended
up there.  It would be nice if this could be confirmed from the
John Ford inventories."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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