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1868 $5 Dual Denomination $5-25 Francs, Judd-659, Pollock-732, Low R.7, PR66 NGC....

2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104

 
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Auction Ended On: Apr 17, 2008
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Location: Rosemont, IL
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Single Finest Certified 1868 Dual Denomination Five Dollar-25 Franc Judd-659 in Aluminum, PR66
1868 $5 Dual Denomination $5-25 Francs, Judd-659, Pollock-732, Low R.7, PR66 NGC. The French-American experiment to make the half eagle more closely resemble the French 25 franc also extended to aluminum coins, such as the present piece. A Liberty head faces left. Two ribbons bind her hair, the foreribbon reading LIBERTY and tied with a diadem. The date is below, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around. A wreath of laurel and oak surrounds 5 DOLLARS / 25 FRANCS. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge.
The dies were designed by Anthony Paquet. Although his talents as a coin engraver have often been condemned as modest and his efforts as mostly ugly, a gentler view takes into account that Mint Chief Engraver James B. Longacre gave him little room for artistic growth on circulation coinage. Numerous of his Mint medals, where he was given considerably more latitude, show considerable innovation and technical accomplishment.
This delightful aluminum piece shows marvelous cameo contrast on both sides, with untroubled, distraction-free surfaces. In PR66, this piece is the single finest certified at NGC by two grade points, and PCGS has certified only a single PR65 at the highest graded at that service (3/08). (PCGS# 60877)

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