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    Uniface Device Punch, J-A1859-7, MS61
    Similar to the 'French Head of Liberty'
    Undated, Circa 1859

    (1859) T$1 Uniface Device Punch J-A1859-7, Pollock-3227, MS61 PCGS. This uniface device punch die trial is struck in white metal and has a plain edge. The device punch is similar to the so-called French Liberty Head, as seen on the 1859 half dollar patterns Judd-237 through Judd-246, and the Assay Commission Medals of 1860 to 1862. It is larger in scale, suitable for silver dollar diameter, and the style of the portrait also differs. The chin juts slightly, and hair extends behind the neck in a more unruly fashion. The ear is partly covered. The most important difference from Judd-237 is the ribbon, which is plain on the present piece, but bears LIBERTY on the half dollar patterns.
    This silver-gray piece has a well struck portrait. A cluster of grade-limiting abrasions is noted on the field near 3 o'clock, and the blank reverse has distributed subdued marks. Pollock lists three known specimens, and this number of survivors is echoed by the 10th Edition of Judd.
    Ex: 1958 ANA; Stephen K. Nagy; Ebenezer Milton Saunders Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1987), lot 485; Superior, (6/1988), lot 4783; FUN Signature (1/2008), lot 3507; West Palm Beach Signature (Heritage, 6/2008), lot 1759. (NGC ID# 2ANX, PCGS# 147894)


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