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1868 $5 / 25 Franc Dual Denomination Pattern
Judd-659 Variant in Aluminum, PR63

1868 $5 Dual Denomination $5-25 Francs, Judd-659, Pollock-732, Low R.7, PR63 NGC. Anthony Paquet's design for an international five dollar coin equal to the value of a proposed 25 franc piece. The obverse depicts Liberty, facing left, with her hair bound by a ribbon and star at the front. The reverse is simply inscribed 5 / DOLLARS / 25 / FRANCS in the center with a laurel and oak wreath surrounding. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge.
After the international monetary convention in Paris in June 1867, a coinage bill was introduced to produce a five dollar / 25 franc gold coin with a weight of 124.45 grains, rather than the standard 129 grains. This experimental international coin, of course, went nowhere but patterns were produced in copper and aluminum. This is a lovely, unoxidized example that has a few rim defects that mostly account for the PR63 grade.
From The Bob Simpson Collection. (NGC ID# 29PD, PCGS# 60877)

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August, 2010
11th-15th
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