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Elusive 1858 Quarter Pattern, PR63
Judd-221, High R.7

1858 P25C Quarter Dollar, Judd-221, Pollock-264, High R.7, PR63 NGC.
Design.
The regular Liberty Seated quarter dollar obverse for the year. Anthony Paquet designed the reverse die for this variety, which was also used to produce the 1859 Judd-234 quarter patterns. A seemingly malformed eagle with outstretched wings displays a shield on its breast. The left claw holds three long, slender arrows while the right talons grasp an olive sprig. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / QUARTER DOLLAR surrounds the periphery. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

Commentary.
The author of the USPatterns.com website comments on Judd-221: "Its first appearance to my knowledge was lot C of Edward Cogan's 5/21/1860 sale where it was stated that only [four pieces] were struck." Our research finds three different examples offered at major auction during the past 15 years, although some pieces crossed the block more than once during that period and there may be a couple of more appearances unknown to us. Andrew Pollock's reference identifies six different specimens, so the Cogan cataloger was either mistaken, or a couple of more patterns were struck at a later date. Regardless, Judd-221 remains a true rarity to this day with six to 12 pieces believed existing by various researchers.

Physical Description.
Sharply struck throughout, with interesting amber toning on both sides. A few superficial hairlines in the delicate fields limit the grade beyond the Select proof level. Pollock noted that this piece has a weight of 95.9 grains and a diameter of 0.942 inches. The die alignment is 180 degrees. NGC Census: 1 in PR63, 4 finer. PCGS Population: None. (12/08).

Provenance.
Ex: DiBello Sale (Stack's, 5/1970), lot 334; U.S. Patterns Sale (Stack's, 1/1987), lot 521.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (PCGS# 11914)

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