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    (1805) Dickeson Half Eagle Token in Copper
    Judd-C1805-3, MS62 Brown

    (1805) CENT Circa 1859 Dickeson Half Eagle, Copper, Judd-C1805-3, Pollock-6130, High R.7, MS62 Brown PCGS Secure. We last sold this unusual concoction in the ANA Signature in 2007, and rather than reinvent the wheel here is part of the description from that auction appearance: "Struck in copper with a plain edge. Glossy olive-brown surfaces have a few darker stains and spots. An out-of-round planchet and crude rim filing are associated with the actual production of this unusual piece, explained further below. On USPatterns.com, Saul Teichman reports that three or fewer examples of this 'strange concoction' are known. Created from the combination of a federal half eagle obverse in a rusted and dilapidated state, with the 'Eagle on Shield' (sometimes Eagle on Rock) die made famous by Dr. Montroville Dickeson. The obverse die is that found on 1805 half eagle varieties BD-1 and BD-2, with all of the die cracks found on the latest state of BD-2. Today, we believe that the Eagle on Shield die is actually a rejected or discarded embossing die intended to stamp or emboss revenue paper. ... the so-called 1792 Dickeson cents, produced at about the same time as this piece, are much larger in diameter, approximately 30 mm. Examination of this piece indicates that a larger planchet was struck by a press containing both dies. Once produced, the flan was apparently trimmed by hand to the approximate diameter of the half eagle obverse. The edge shows clear signs that it was trimmed to the smaller diameter, and the slightly out-of-round shape indicates a hand operation. Nearly all of the obverse border show clear file marks that were undoubtedly part of this same process."
    From The Collection of William Rau, Part II.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 673867, Base PCGS# 521131)


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    14th-17th Thursday-Sunday
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