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    1859 Twenty Dollar in Copper
    Judd-257, PR66+ Brown

    The Clapp-Eliasberg Specimen

    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.
    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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