Part Three of Phil Kaufman's Early Seated Proof Sets to be Auctioned at Heritage A third selection of Early Seated Proof Sets from Phil Kaufman's superlative multi-million dollar collection (1839-1858) is being auctioned by Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries.
News-Antique.com - Mar 11,2008 - Dallas, TX: A third selection of Early Seated Proof Sets from Phil Kaufman's superlative multi-million dollar collection (1839-1858) is being auctioned by Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries in their Platinum Night Auction at the April 16-19 CSNS convention in Chicago.
"Part One of the Kaufman Collection, realizing $1,712,600, was sold at the August 2007 ANA World's Fair of Money in Milwaukee," noted Heritage President Greg Rohan, "followed by Part Two at the January 2008 FUN auction, which realized $2,590,000. Part Three, to be offered at CSNS, comprises the Seated Liberty proof coins of 1839, 1842, 1846, 1849, and 1855. The fourth and final selection will be auctioned at the Baltimore 2008 ANA World's Fair of Money."
"Mr. Kaufman is an extraordinary collector," continued Rohan. "We started selling important selections from his collections in 2002, and have successfully concluded more than a half dozen separate consignments. We are appreciative of his continued trust in Heritage."
California dealer Barry Stuppler, who helped Mr. Kaufman assemble these wonderful coins, noted, "In the recent history of numismatics there hasn't been any other collection of early proof seated Liberty coins of this quality, and that is amply demonstrated by the incredible prices that Phil is receiving for these wonderful coins."
After a lifetime dedicated to coin collecting, Mr. Kaufman started focusing on the Seated Liberty proofs by the late 1980s. His goal was to obtain a leading example of each denomination and date, constantly upgrading as better coins appeared in the marketplace. His philosophy was to buy the best quality he could find and afford for the grade, and seeking coins pedigreed to important collections (including Eliasberg, Pittman, Norweb, Starr, and Stack).
Kaufman Collection highlights to be auctioned at the 2008 Central States Numismatic Society convention:
1839 Seated Half Dime, PR65 Cameo NGC
1839 Seated Dime, PR66 NGC
1839 Seated Quarter, PR65 NGC Ex: Pittman
1839 No Drapery Seated Half Dollar, PR62 NGC
1839 Drapery Seated Half Dollar, PR64 NGC Ex: Pittman