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Important 1885 Double Eagle Pattern in
Aluminum, Judd-1756, PR64, R.8
Likely Two Known

1885 $20 Twenty Dollar, Judd-1756, Pollock-1969, R.8, PR64 PCGS. CAC. The Judd-1756 is struck in aluminum from the regular double eagle dies of 1885, with a reeded edge. Like many of these off-metal strikings, whether in copper, aluminum, or another metal, they appear on the surface to be die trials. However, in many instances--and certainly here, on the nation's largest and most prestigious gold coin denomination--there was absolutely no intent to change metals. Many such issues were, in fact, delicacies made as part of complete sets for well-connected collectors--usually outside, but sometimes those employed inside the Mint. Such is the case with this pattern, of which USPatterns.com says only two examples exist.

Census. Pollock lists only two verified pieces. The Farouk is likely one of those two:
Proof. ANA (New England, 1979), lot 1362.
Proof. King of Siam (Bowers and Merena, 10/1987), lot 2260; Auction '88 (Superior, 7/1988), lot 293. The present piece.
Other Appearance
King Farouk (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 2014.


The silver surfaces of this specimen show considerable luster, with much contrast present between fields and devices. There are no obvious signs of contact, although the piece shows a few minor scuffs and grayish toning areas that are not at all bothersome. Some trivial field hairlines lead us to think this may be the Farouk example. The devices are fully struck throughout. An important opportunity to acquire this rare late-date double eagle pattern. The next double eagle pattern known after this would be Charles Barber's abortive twenty dollar design struck in gold, the unique Judd-1773 dated 1906. PCGS Population: 1 in 64 (this piece), 1 in 66. NGC Census: none certified (11/10).
From The McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Patterns. (NGC ID# 2AM3, PCGS# 62199)

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January, 2011
5th-9th
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