1861 $20 Clark, Gruber $20 Copper Dies Trial MS64 Brown NGC. K-12b, High R.7. A rare dies trial from the final year of true...
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This K-12b example is attractively toned light chocolate-brown, with sky-blue shades near the margins. The fields show good reflectivity, which suggests that both the planchets and dies were polished prior to the strike. Denticles are only faintly evident, since the piece was broadstruck, without the restraint of a collar die. The strike is sharper than seen on the gold examples struck for circulation (compare against the 2007 Guide Book photo on page 363), particularly on the horizontal shield lines. The obverse stars and occasional portions of the hair lack a complete impression. Post-strike imperfections are limited to faint obverse hairlines, which are only visible at certain angles and under strong magnification. As of (10/06), NGC has certified only one example of K-12b, the current lot, and many years may pass before another opportunity for acquisition comes along.
From The Jones Beach Collection. (PCGS# 10153)
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