1843 HALF DIME -
Triple Punched Date
Variety Equivalents: Not in
This variety has a
triple-punched date that escaped the eagle eyes of numismatic researchers
for many years, perhaps because the only appearances of this variety have
been in Proof and it has only been in recent decades that they have
entered the market. Valentine missed the variety, Breen does not
mention it in his "Encyclopedia" (1988), and Al Blythe failed to
include it in his "The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half
Dimes" (1992). Akers
considers this a Proof-only variety, with a potential mintage of 10-15
Proofs and 6-8 survivors.
Enlarged view of the date
Images courtesy of David
Akers Numismatics, Inc.
1. Choice Proof -
Numismatic Gallery in the late 1940's -
John Jay Pittman
- David Akers Numismatics, Inc. sale of the John Jay Pittman
collection, Part One, October 21-23, 1997, Lot 470.
2. Choice Proof - part of an original set of silver and copper 1843
coins purchased from Judge Joseph F.
Sawicki on May 10, 1948 for $225 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers
Numismatics, Inc. sale of the John Jay Pittman collection, Part One,
October 21-23, 1997, Lot 832c. Pittman's 1843 Proof set consisted of
three Proof gold coins acquired in March 1948 from the
"Memorable" Collection sale combined with the silver and copper
coins (mentioned above) purchased two months later. Illustrated
3. Proof - Amon Carter sale (part of a complete 1843 Proof set).
4. Proof - Floyd Starr collection sale.
5. Uncirculated (unconfirmed) - in the Pittman catalogue, Akers
includes the following statement in his description of Lot 470: "The
late Kam Ahwash once claimed to have had an Unc. of this variety, but I
think it is more likely that this is a Proof-only variety".
Sources and recommended reading:
Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen