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Rarely Seen 1885 Snowden Dollar
in Aluminum
, Judd-1749, PR66

1885 $1 Snowden Dollar, Judd-1749, Pollock-1961, Low R.7, PR66 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The dies are the regular-issue 1885 Morgan dollar dies, but there is experimental edge lettering as follows: * * * * * * E * / PLURIBUS * / UNUM * * * * *. Struck in aluminum with a tripartite collar for the edge lettering. Only a half dozen pieces are believed known in this rare 19th century metal. These pieces were struck as an anticounterfeiting measure, and the Mint encountered great difficulty making the tripartite collar work without damaging the edge lettering. The experiments were successful, but Snowden left office shortly afterward and no one stepped up to complete the work.
This is a lovely aluminum striking. The fields are deeply mirrored and slight contrast is seen between the fields and devices. The surfaces show just a bit of haziness, but no signs of spotting as often seen on aluminum patterns.
From The Bob Simpson Collection, Part I. (PCGS# 62191)

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August, 2010
11th-15th
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