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    1866 Motto Twenty Dollar in Gilt Copper
    Judd-549, PR63

    1866 $20 Twenty Dollars, Judd-549, Pollock-612, R.8, Gilt PR63 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The obverse and reverse dies are similar to those used for the regular-issue coinage of 1866. Struck in copper and gilt, with a reeded edge. This is a rare pattern issue. Saul Teichman lists four confirmed examples. Three are gilt, with the sole exception being the Newman coin, which we handled as lot 3959 in our April 2013 Central States Signature sale.

    Two variants of Judd-549 are known. Both show the N in IN considerably higher than the G in GOD, but one exhibits bold repunching on that letter. In our description of the Newman coin we noted:

    "Reverse A [no recutting] was also used on Judd-453 in 1865, and on some of the double eagle proof coins in 1866 and 1867. This indicates that the issue must have been struck at some time close to the purported 1866 date and was not a restrike from later years."



    We believe Judd-549 patterns with the recut N were produced from dies from the same hub as the so-called Reverse A die, but modified in an attempt to improve the arc of the lettering. Circulation strikes of the 1866 Motto twenty also exist with the same recut N and were likely struck after this copper trial, lending credence to the argument that this Judd-549 is an original rather than a restrike, as has been suggested in the past.

    This PR63 representative is overtly prooflike and fully struck. Deep yellow-gold color includes reddish accents. Light hairlines and a tick below the S in TRUST are noted. Eye appeal is wonderful.
    Ex: Dr. Charles L. Ruby Collection, Part I (Superior Galleries, 2/1974), lot 1975; Stack's 1977 Fixed Price List; Tree Many Feathers Collection (Bowers and Merena, 9/2001), lot 185; Elite Coin Auction (Superior Galleries, 1/2003), lot 544.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535366)


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