Estimated grade. Ex. Smith; R. Green (1949) Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $143000
Proof 1850 Quarter Dollars are exceedingly rare, with only three or four examples known at present. The finest of the bunch is an amazingly toned example in NGC PR68 from the John Jay Pittman and Phil Kaufman collections. Another example in NGC PR65 originated in an 1850 Proof set in the Bibliothegue Nationale in Paris; that coin was traded out of the set in 1986 for French coins needed for the museum. Some of the 1850 Proof coins from the still still remain there, including a Proof 1850 Double Eagle.
R. Green, sold privately in 5/1949 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 5/1998:1317, $143,000 - Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 1/2008:3035, $460,000 - Greensboro Collection, Part IV - Heritage 8/2013:5591, $258,500 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30406, $223,250 - Heritage 1/2015:4099, not sold
According to Akers, this piece is probably from the H.P. Smith Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman Brothers 5/1906:820
Purchased directly from the Mint by Alexandre Vattemare in 1850 - Bibliothèque Nationale Collection, Paris - Ed Hipps, sold privately in 1986 - Richmond Collection, Part III - David Lawrence Rare Coins 3/2005:1521 - Jason Carter - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98499, $61,687.50
Floyd T. Starr Collection - Stack's 1/1993:445 - Bowers and Merena 8/1998:156 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98498, $18,800