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Delightful William Barber 1870
Three Cent Silver in Copper
Judd-798, PR65 Brown

1870 3CS Three Cent Silver, Judd-798, Pollock-885, Low R.7, PR65 Brown NGC.
Design.
The obverse design, attributed to William Barber, features a seated figure of Liberty facing left and supporting a shield in her right hand, an olive branch in her left. A free-standing Liberty pole is present behind the shield. The reverse is the same design used to coin regular issue three cent silver pieces. Struck in copper with a plain edge.

Commentary.
In the ninth edition of Judd, Dave Bowers calls this pattern (in all metals and edges) a "numismatic curiosity." The obverse was intended to be part of the Standard Silver series, and should never have been muled with the three cent silver reverse. Since the obverse die was meant for a half dime and the two denominations had diameters that differed by about 1.4 mm, the reverse has a wide border for the coin's size. The Judd-798 pattern is considered Low R.7 in the ninth edition of Judd, Low R.7 at USPatterns.com, and R.7 in Pollock. These differing rarity ratings indicate that about eight to 10 pieces exist today.

Physical Description.
Both sides have outstanding chestnut and mahogany color with faint iridescent toning and fully reflective surfaces. A few tiny spots and other blemishes are evident on each side. NGC Census: 1 in PR65 Brown, 2 finer, including 1 PR65 Red and Brown and 1 PR66 Red and Brown. PCGS Population: 1 in PR65 Brown, 3 finer, including 2 graded PR65 Red and 1 graded PR66 Red (12/08).

Provenance.
Ex: Superior (7/1993), lot 638.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.
(PCGS# 61041)

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Auction Dates
January, 2009
7th-11th
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