Saul Teichman submitted these notes and questions on the 1838-O half dollar. Thanks.
With regard to the 1838-O half dollar discussion in The E-Sylum, does anyone know where Breen got the idea that Col. Green owned seven 1838-O half dollars?
I went through the Newman appraisal when it was last offered and only found three.
I also went through the Newman portal and also found only three - 1 graded XF and two in Unc at the link below:
there is also a document with Newman's handwritten notes at the link below and it too only had three 1838-Os - one Proof, one Proof with slight edge dent and one in VF.
It appears that the pedigree information for several of these is not really accurate and needs to be reassessed.
I am hoping that one day, we can get a copy of the Col Green appraisal on the Newman portal.
If so, I will create summaries like I did for the Brand journals for his US rarities, patterns etc and we will get more accurate information out to the collecting fraternity.
Dave Stone of Heritage adds:
In his proof Encyclopedia, page 233, Breen says Wayte Raymond told him Col. Green owned seven examples of the 1838-O, so I guess that was his source for the inflated total. I agree with your findings, that he only owned three. It would be great to have the Green appraisal on the Newman Portal!
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
COX 1838-O HALF DOLLAR FINDS NEW HOME
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