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1949 Near Gem Proof Grouping of 4 Denominations

ID Number: 5676
Category: Free State Irish Coins
Catalogue Number: KM.9; KM.10; KM.11; KM.12a.
Grade: Proof 64 or so
Weight: 2.77 g., 5.70 g., 9.47 g., 3.21 g.
Date: 1949 Proof
Denomination: copper farthing, halfpenny, penny, and CN 3 pence
Pedigree: the 3 coppers ex Canadian mintmaster
Price: Group of 4 Proofs. $12K.
Additional Details
A 1949 Proof Irish Farthing, Halfpenny, Penny, and 3 Pence.  Copper Farthing KM.9, 2.77g., 20 mm.; Copper Halfpenny KM.10, 5.70 g., 25 mm.; Copper Penny KM.11, 9.47 g., 30 mm., Copper Nickel 3 Pence, KM.12a., 3.21 g.  Only missing the 6 Pence to be a complete set of Near Gem Proofs, the coppers brown w some color, the 3 Pence w some luster.  All the coins are stuck in coin orientation w mirror surfaces and knife edges.  All the coins are near gem and original, never cleaned, and near gem, Proof 64 or so. 

PCGS has graded one each of these 4 denominations, PR64Bn, PR64Bn, PR65RB, and Pr64Cam.  NGC has graded 2 farthings, a PR65B, and a PR66B, no halfpennies, no pennies, and one 3 pence, PR65Cam.  I have seen one other 3 Pence which is flawed and not so desirable. 

There may be some other coins in museums. Some of the coins graded by NGC or PCGS may be the same coin, and most all have been worked with, or cleaned, to some extent, to "improve," or "conserve," their grade.  The coins in the present set have never been graded.  All 4 coins are original.

This Proof 1949 group of 4 coins is offered intact.  I would break out the 3 coppers, if someone wanted, but I would strongly discourage it.  I would strive to buy a 6 pence, which might be available, before selling the 3 pence.  It is extremely difficult to find these, and once they are placed in a collection, they seem to just not be available.  Putting together a complete set of Irish proofs has never been done.  

This is an important grouping.  One collector has assembled a complete five piece 1949 set.  This would be the only other set possible to assemble, once the 6 pence is located, as there seem to be only be 2 known each,  for the halfpenny and penny1949 Proof Group of 4.  $12K.

The 1949 coppers were purchased by me, in a Whytes Auction, 1999.  Subsequently, I learned from Chris Denton, he had purchased these three coppers from the Canadian mintmaster.  I purchased the 3 pence in a London auction, a few years later, either Baldwins or DNW.   The group of 4 sold for a record price in 2008 at auction by DNW, and I was able to recently reacquire the group intact.

These Proofs generally came about by mintmasters of New Zealand, Australia, and Canada trading samples of their products with the Royal Mint, and these pieces subsequently making their way to Baldwins or Spink.
Obverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
Reverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
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