1859 P$20 Twenty Dollar, Judd-257, Pollock-305, High R.6, ...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1859 Twenty Dollar in Copper
1859 P$20 Twenty Dollar, Judd-257, Pollock-305, High R.6, PR66+
Brown PCGS. Ex: Eliasberg-Simpson. Anthony Paquet's seated
figure of Liberty faces left supporting a fasces with her right
hand and a shield with her left. An eagle with spread wings stands
behind the shield. The denomination, 20 DOLLARS, the date, 1859,
and the statutory legend, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, appear within a
heavy wreath on the reverse that was also created by Paquet. Struck
in copper with a reeded edge. This splendid Premium Gem exhibits
mirrored fields behind sharply detailed satin devices with
brilliant blue and violet toning, displaying splashes of faded
orange mint color on the reverse. This piece is the finest of six
copper examples and two gilt pieces that PCGS has certified (4/20).
Possibly as many as 20 of these exist overall, although we are not
aware of any others that equal this Superb example.
Judd-257, PR66+ Brown
The Clapp-Eliasberg Specimen
Ex: McCabe Collection (Chapman Brothers, 6/1905), lot 97; J.M. Clapp; Clapp Estate; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 312; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3468.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29D5, PCGS# 12024)
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