I have a letter and receipt from James Kelly dated 1944 for the sale of the 1884 Trade dollar to Frank Sprinkle. These papers accompanied the coin we sold that was owned by Jack Lee. When I looked into the coin’s pedigree I found out Jack’s coin was not the Sprinkle coin. I called Jack and he said he got the papers from the dealer he purchased the coin from, and obviously not to include them when his coin was to be sold. Fine, but then I’m left holding the letter and receipt from 69 years ago. I do not know who owns the Sprinkle 1884 Trade dollar, but if he or she would contact me or they could contact you as an intermediary, I would be happy to send these out.
The trail ran cold on the present whereabouts of the Sprinkle dollar after Legend handled it several years ago. The 10-coin roster was included in our November 2005 auction, when we sold the Menjou-Baldenhofer-Wolfson-French coin: