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    1859 Double Eagle in Copper
    Judd-261, PR64 Brown
    Doubled Dated, Only Two Known

    1859 P$20 Double Eagle, Judd-261, Pollock-310, R.8, PR64 Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The obverse closely resembles the regular James B. Longacre Liberty Head design for the year, except the date digits are distinctly different. The reverse shows a design possibly by Anthony C. Paquet with 20 DOLLARS / 1859 at the center, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around, all surrounded by a wreath of oak. Saul Teichman of explains: "This muling is extremely rare and has the date 1859 on both sides. Only 2 examples are believed to exist." The other example was gilt at one point and reportedly resides in a PR61 Brown NGC holder.

    In his 1909 description of this remarkable pattern the legendary dealer Henry Chapman noted: "This and four following lots were bought at the sale of the Henry Metzger Coll., Jany. 12, 1909, and are the only set I know of." All were copper double eagle patterns from 1859 to 1861. The present near-Gem showcases glossy mahogany-brown surfaces with steel accents. A strike-through occurs above star 5, and a couple specks of aqua residue are noted on each side, including one over the B in J.B.L.
    Ex: E.T. Wright, Esq. and the Late C.R. Walker, Esq. Collections (S.H. & H. Chapman,12/1885), lot 711, Henry Metzger, Esq. Collection (H. Chapman 2/1909), lot 120; Andrew C. Zabriskie Collection (H. Chapman 6/09), lot 251.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29D9, PCGS# 12040)

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

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