The D. Brent Pogue Collection

backSuperb Gem 1796 Half Dollar

Lot 1048
“Spectacular Quality” Superb Gem 1805 Dime

4 Berries in Branch
Ex: John J. Pittman
Tied with Two Others at PCGS

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1805 Draped Bust Dime. JR-2. Rarity-2. 4 Berries. MS-67 (PCGS). The John J. Pittman Collection was remarkable for its overall quality. Cataloger David W. Akers spared no words when it came to certain of the highlights of that cabinet, as here:

“Gem Uncirculated. This is an absolutely spectacular quality early dime that certainly has to rank as one of the finest known specimens of both the date and type. It is fully struck, lustrous, and well centered, but what sets this coin apart are its immaculate satiny surfaces and incredible multicolored toning, a gorgeous blend of russet, violet, blue, and greenish-gold. The coin is pristine and literally ‘as struck,’ except for the intervening 192 years of the incredible toning.”

While in the past half century or more many “name” collections have crossed the auction block, consistent high quality is not a feature of most of them. A notable exception, the Pogue Collection is remarkable for its quality, and although it contained far fewer early rarities, the Pittman Collection certainly comes to mind as well for its excellence.

Provenance: From Barney Bluestone’s 90th Sale, December 1945, lot 349; David W. Akers’ sale of the John J. Pittman Collection, Part I, October 1997, lot 542.

Rarities Auction Accompanying The D. Brent Pogue Collection

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