Auction Name: 2020 November 19 - 22 US Coins Signature Auction
Lot Number: 3193
Shortcut to Lot: HA.com/1321-3193
1870 $1 Dollar, Judd-1002, Pollock-1134, High R.6, PR65+ Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. On Jan. 1, 1869, Mint engraver James B Longacre died, and William Barber (born 1807) was named to the post in that same month, with his son Charles also hired as an assistant engraver. The William Barber-designed seated Liberty is admired as one of his most popular, a left-facing Liberty with cap atop a pole on a rock with voluminous drapery (and oddly placed feet). The obverse die is here matched with the reverse for regular-issue With Motto silver dollars. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
This PR65+ Cameo PCGS example offers excellent preservation on surfaces that are completely devoid of color beyond a neutral coin-gray. The well-mirrored and distraction-free fields set up formidable contrast against the frosted devices. A remarkable survivor of the issue, this coin should see additional spirited bidding for its status as a true "silver" dollar, in all senses of the word. PCGS has graded one PR66 Cameo example marginally finer than this piece, and there is also one PR66 Deep Cameo example at that service (8/20). Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary