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    (1857) Double Eagle Reverse Die Trial
    J-A1857-9, Unique Copper Striking
    MS64 Red and Brown

    (1857) Double Eagle Reverse Die Trial, J-A1857-9, Unique, MS64 Red and Brown PCGS. Ex: Garrett. This uniface die trial was engraved by Anthony Paquet, circa 1861. It features a distinctive spread-wing eagle, the rays surrounding the eagle have negative space within that forms a five-sided star. Struck in copper on an oversized planchet with a plain edge. This unique die trial has been known since 1878, but there have only been a handful of owners since that first auction appearance.

    In reply to Lewis Hayden's inquiry, Anthony Paquet wrote a letter dated May 3, 1877 in which he confirmed he had created this design and the die trial was unique:

    "At your request I will state that the impression on a copper planchet from the reverse die for the twenty dollar gold piece, showing eagle and star, presented to you by me, is the only impression ever struck from said die. The die was engraved by myself about the year 1861, as a pattern, and not having been accepted it was, by direction of the Director of the U.S. Mint, destroyed by me personally after this impression had been taken."



    Significant bright mint red is seen surrounding the devices, while the remainder of the coin is medium brown. A few flecks of carbon can be seen over the devices, a couple of larger spots can be seen outside the design's impression on the blank flan. Fully struck.
    Ex: Lefferts Collection (Edward Cogan, 9/1878); Britton Collection (George Cogan, 1/1883); Garrett Collection, Part II (Bowers and Ruddy, 3/1980), lot 1095, where it sold for $9,000.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2019
    9th-14th Wednesday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 24
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