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The Columbian Expo Doctor's 1892 Proof Set

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edited December 10, 2020 3:08AM in U.S. Coin Forum

This proof set was purchased from the US Mint at the Columbian Expo by a well known physician who worked at the Expo. @Currin mentioned this set in the Hansen thread but I think it's worth a thread of its own.

The set was sold by Harlan J Berk for $145,000 over 17 years ago and recently acquired by @DLHansen.

Update: The set was handled by @CaptHenway, then Harlan Berk Senior Numismatist, when they came in and was later owned by @Windycity for over a decade as discussed below.

This set has a number of great coins with the headline coin being the 1892 PCGS PR68DCAM dollar shown below.

Imagine having a relative at the Columbian Expo who purchased this set there and having it in your family for over 100 years!

How many well-known physicians worked at the Expo?


Original 1892 Proof Set - sold as a set. All coins in this remarkable set are PCGS graded and CAC verified. Grades are as follows: 1c - Proof 66 Red, 5c - Proof 66 CAM, 10c - Proof 68 CAM, 25c - Proof 67+ DCAM, 50c - Proof 67 DCAM, $1 - Proof 68 DCAM. Without a doubt the finest Proof set we've handled and I believe one of the finest Proof sets obtainable. Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. purchased the set, intact, from a Chicago family who's great, great Grandfather purchased the set from the Mint at the conclusion of the 1892 Columbian Expo held in Chicago. The family indicated he was a collector, a well known physician and worked at the Expo. Research indicates the Mint did in fact have a display of their current coinage at the expo. Absolutely original and quite amazing! The Dollar is the finest known by three grade points, the Half has just one coin graded finer at a 67+ and the Dime has only one coin graded finer as a 68+.


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