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    1856 Flying Eagle Cent Pattern, PR60 Details
    Extremely Rare Judd-185, Pollock-221

    1856 P1C Flying Eagle Cent, Judd-185, Pollock-221, High R.7 -- Obverse Tooled -- ANACS. PR60 Details. Judd-185 is an extremely rare pattern, likely produced circa 1858 for sale to collectors. Survivors number as few as three or four pieces, per, although Pollock listed six examples in his 1994 roster. Interestingly, despite the issue's rarity, there were two representatives offered in New York Coin & Stamp Company's June 1890 sale of the Lorin G. Parmelee Collection; the specimens were described as "rare" and realized $4.50 each, a substantial sum for the period.

    The present example is the first entry in Pollock's Judd-185 roster, and is plate-matched to the coin in Superior's June 1977 sale of the Dr. Walter Lee Crouch Collection, earlier from Federal Brand's Million Dollar Auction Sale at the 1963 FUN Convention, where it was also plated. A small spot in the C in AMERICA and a couple others along the upper-right reverse border serve as pedigree identifiers. A few light, localized pinscratches tucked in the field near the F in OF and the first A in AMERICA preclude a numeric grade from ANACS, but pose little distraction to the remainder of the coin, which is sharply struck and blanketed in coppery-red, auburn, and olive-gold hues. The rarity of this variety alone would be cause for excitement, although the present piece also comes with a recorded pedigree going back more than half a century.
    Ex: Million Dollar Auction Sale / FUN (Federal Brand Enterprises, 1/1963), lot 104; Dr. Walter Lee Crouch Collection (Superior, 6/1977), lot 35, which realized $1,250.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29B4, PCGS# 11810)

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2015
    9th-12th Thursday-Sunday
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