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1871 $1 Dollar, Judd-1147, Pollock-1289, High R.6, PR66 Brown NGC....

2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction #1151

 
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Auction Ended On: Jan 6, 2011
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Location: Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602
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Longacre-Designed 1871 Indian Princess Dollar
Judd-1147, PR66 Brown
1871 $1 Dollar, Judd-1147, Pollock-1289, High R.6, PR66 Brown NGC. The Longacre design is used on the obverse that features Liberty seated with conjoined flags behind with 22 stars, left hand resting on a globe, and right hand supporting a Liberty pole with a Phrygian cap on top. The reverse is of the regular die. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. This Indian Princess obverse and the regular issue reverse is the most plentiful of all the different 1871 silver dollar patterns. When one combines both the reeded edge and plain edge types, more than two dozen examples are believed known in copper and silver. Aluminum coins were also struck, but they are seen about half as often as silver and copper examples.
As explained on the USPatterns.com website, this lovely design was most likely designed by James Longacre, but since he died on January 1, 1869, it was never struck during his lifetime. The design was most likely put into service by William Barber beginning in 1870. Longacre's name is missing in the right corner of the obverse.
Close examination with a loupe will show a few shallow, minor field marks, but they are not apparent through the color present on either side. The obverse has a rich olive-tinged brown patina, while the reverse has a bit of original red present as well. The fields are nicely reflective through the significant toning and even show a bit of cameo effect against the devices (especially on the obverse).
From The McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Patterns. (PCGS# 61409)

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