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    1827 Quarter in Copper, PR65+ Red and Brown
    Judd-48, One of Only Five Pieces

    1827 25C Quarter Dollar, Judd-48, Pollock-49, High R.7, PR65+ Red and Brown NGC. This rarity pairs the obverse of 1827/3 with a reverse from 1819, Browning-2. The reverse has a square-base 2 in the denomination, which differs from the original 1827 quarters (which have a curl-base 2). Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
    Little is known about the copper and silver strikings of this issue. Among the several theories about these pieces, the most convincing one to us is put forward by Saul Teichman and Andy Lustig on USPatterns.com:

    "These were believed to have been struck along with most of their silver counterparts in the 1870s. The first occurrence for a copper example was in Haseltine's February 1877 sale. This sale also included a copper example of Judd-59 [1836 Gobrecht dollar in copper]. This is probably no accident!"


    Undoubtedly, these pieces were struck to provide collectors of the day an example of this rare date. At the time of the Parmelee Sale in 1890 it was stated that "only 3 [were] struck." However, today five examples are known in copper, one impounded in the Connecticut State Library. All of the copper strikings show evidence on each side of die rust.
    The coin is labeled as Red and Brown, but the brown is limited to the fields on each side and there is significant mint red still present throughout. The striking details are a bit soft over the high points of the design, and this is the only negative comment we can make about this splendid Gem.
    Ex: William J. Jenks Collection (Cogan, 4/1877), lot 359; Lorin G. Parmelee Collection (New York Coin and Stamp, 6/1890), lot 22, bought in; Virgil Brand (1899 private sale, accession number 20762); Virgil Brand Part I (Bowers and Merena, 11/1983), lot 476; Auction '90 (Superior, 8/1990), lot 1417; ANA Spring Sale (Heritage, 2/1991), lot 1388; Americana Sale (Stack's, 1/2004), lot 3701. This coin is plated in all its auction appearances and has a small dot in the field near Liberty's throat that makes a reliable pedigree marker.
    From The Bob Simpson Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 295X, PCGS# 11171)


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