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    1852 Annular Gold Dollar in Gold
    Struck Over 1859 Quarter Eagle, PR64
    Judd-137, Only Two Examples Known

    1852 PG$1 Gold Dollar, Judd-137, Pollock-164, R.8 PR64 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The obverse design consists of the legend USA above and 1852 below. The reverse features a circle of olive sprigs. Struck over an 1859 quarter eagle, holed at center, with a plain edge. The popular 1852 gold dollar pattern series consists of a few available types and a host of major rarities. Some are originals, others are restrikes. Regarding Judd-137, the Judd reference (tenth edition) explains: "This pair of dies was never intended for regular coinage, but was made to test the concept." A perforated, larger diameter planchet was being considered for the gold dollar, which would have facilitated its use in commerce. Judd-137 and its off-metal counterparts in silver, copper, cupro-nickel, and nickel are believed to restrikes produced circa 1859, with perhaps one or two originals possible among them.

    This annular gold dollar pattern is unquestionably a restrike. It is struck on a slightly irregularly perforated 1859 quarter eagle with much of the undertype plainly visible, including the date at about 7 o'clock on the reverse. The obverse is lightly hairlined with a small nick at 3 o'clock. Both sides exhibit rich yellow-gold color. This is apparently the first public offering of this particular example in four decades.
    Ex: Harlan P. Smith Collection (S.H. & H. Chapman, 5/1906), lot 1340; H.O. Granberg; Waldo C. Newcomer; "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; F.C.C. Boyd; King Farouk; Palace Collection of Egypt Sale (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 334; Robert Schermerhorn; ANA Sale (James Kelly, 8/1956), lot 1651; Major Lenox Lohr; Fixed Price List (Empire Coin Company, 1961); Dr. James O. Sloss; Abe Kosoff (1974); ANA Sale (New England Rare Coin Auctions, 7/1979), lot 1298.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2993, PCGS# 11579)


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