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Copper 1875 Commercial Dollar
Judd-1424, PR64 Red and Brown

1875 T$1 Commercial Dollar, Judd-1424, Pollock-1567, R.7, PR64 Red and Brown NGC. A seated figure of Liberty faces left at the seashore, with 13 stars ringing the rim and the date 1875 below. Liberty holds an olive branch and rests her left hand on a globe reading LIBERTY. Two flags and a sheaf of wheat flank her. A steamship with sails appears in the water, with sails billowing in one direction and steam blowing in the opposite direction. A scroll above the date reads IN GOD WE TRUST. On the reverse an olive wreath contains COMMERCIAL / (ornamental cornucopias) / DOLLAR / (ornaments) / 420 GRS / 900 FINE / (ornament), with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA at the rim. On the bow tying the wreath a second reference to the Deity appears, this time the outdated GOD OUR TRUST. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
Wisps of pale violet and orange complement the considerable dollops of mint red that cling to the surfaces on each side. This well-struck specimen is free of mentionable distractions, with appeal suggestive of an even finer grade.

Census. Only eight pieces are recorded as struck, according to Adams and Woodin, with six documented here as expanded from USPatterns.com.
1. Auction '87 (RARCOA, 7/1987), lot 1332; David M. Silberman, Jr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 5414; Lemus Collection (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1857, where it brought $18,400. The present specimen.
2. J.C. Mitchelson (1913); Connecticut State Library.
3. Gaston DiBello (Stack's, 5/1970), lot 473; Armand Champa; Rogers M. Fred, Jr. (Bowers and Merena, 11/1995), lot 2335; American Numismatic Rarities (11/2003). PR65 Red PCGS.
4. Brinton T. Schorer; private treaty sale to Harry W. Bass, Jr. (5/3/1973); Bass Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1323, which brought $6,325. PR64 Red PCGS.
5. Burke-Clemente Collections (Bowers & Merena, 5/1994), lot 1000. PR65 uncertified.
6. William Mitkoff; private treaty sale to David Faraday (9/23/1972) for $700; ANA (Heritage, 7/1994), lot 6149, which brought $10,120. PR65 Red and Brown uncertified.
From The Jarosi Collection. (PCGS# 71731)

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