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    Unique 1861 Copper Dies Trial Twenty
    Judd-289, PR63 Brown
    Ex: Zabriskie, Farouk

    1861 $20 Twenty Dollar, Judd-289, Pollock-347, Unique, PR63 Brown PCGS. The regular issue designs for the 1861 double eagle, Longacre reverse. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. This is a copper dies trial for the regular issue Longacre double eagle of 1861, and it is believed to be unique. It has an exceptional pedigree back to King Farouk and earlier.
    Two different patterns exist in copper from the 1861 Longacre double eagle dies. Information is profoundly lacking about the reason for striking either of these variants in copper. The other variety was struck on a broad planchet, appearing to not be constrained by a collar. However, that variant does show reeding on the edge, indicating that it was indeed struck in a collar. It also has a noticeably beveled edge, rather than the sharp reeded edge of this variety. This example has sharp design details with lightly reflective surfaces. Both sides have lovely olive-brown color with traces or tinges of original mint red color. The rims on both sides have clearly visible file marks, almost certainly representing an attempt by Mint workers to remove the undesirable wire rim characteristic.
    Ex: Chapman Brothers (12/1885); Metzger Collection; Andrew Zabriskie Collection; King Farouk (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 1773 (where it was graded XF); Kagin's (5/1972), lot 1410; believed sold privately in October 1975, according to Judd; 1995 ANA (Heritage, 8/1995), lot 8219; 2001 ANA (Heritage, 8/2001), lot 8324; 2007 FUN Sale (1/2007), lot 1270.
    From The McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Patterns.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 60435)

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    January, 2011
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