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    Very Rare 1865 Double Eagle Pattern, Judd-453, Gilt PR62

    1865 $20 Twenty Dollar, Judd-453, Pollock-526, High R.6, PR62 Gilt NGC. Both the obverse and the reverse are similar to the regular issue 1865 double eagle except that the motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added above the eagle as adopted in 1866. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
    A lengthy write-up about this pattern is included on the USPatterns.com website. Below is much of that description, and we gratefully acknowledge the contribution of Saul Teichman and Andy Lustig in gathering this information.

    "The so-called transitional double eagle with 'In God We Trust' on the reverse. This reverse was adopted in 1866. These are believed to have been struck in 1865 although they may also have been restruck in the early 1870s.
    The first appearance of this design was in the April 1870 auction by John Haseltine of coins from the Idler collection. Idler is famous today as one of the collector/dealers who had "connections" with the mint. Over a dozen are believed known in copper.
    Two examples of this design are known in gold, Judd-452/Pollock-524, Wilkison's, first offered in a June 1870 Mason and Company sale, the other in the Smithsonian.
    An example in the Connecticut State Library, ex: Mitchelson, appears to be either silver or a copper example which has either been silver plated or pickled. It is mentioned in Judd as being from the Robert Coulton Davis Collection and was listed as Judd-453A/Pollock-525. An earlier occurrence of this coin was probably lot 2438 in Woodward's 34th sale of 1881 where an example is described as probably a silver plated copper example. An example listed in aluminum, Judd-453B/Pollock-527 has not been seen since its original appearance in Woodward's 45th sale of the Dohrmann Collection in 1882. The reverse is plated in the catalog and does not appear to be aluminum. It is probably a reappearance of the silver or silver-plated copper example."

    While this is not one of the two gold examples mentioned above, the gilt finish suggests the appearance of such a coin. While the gilt is intact over each side, the underlying iridescence of the copper shows in the center of the reverse and around the reverse lettering. Fully struck, of course, and lightly hairlined, there are just a few contact marks present.
    From The Wyoming Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29JY, PCGS# 60640)


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