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    1868 Dual-Denomination Pattern in Copper
    Judd-656, PR65 Red and Brown

    1868 $5 Dual Denomination $5-25 Francs, Judd-656, Pollock-729, Low R.7, PR65 Red and Brown NGC. Anthony Paquet's design for an international five dollar coin equal to the value of a proposed 25 franc piece. The obverse depicts Liberty, facing left, hair bound with a ribbon and star at the front. The reverse is simply inscribed 5 / DOLLARS / 25 / FRANCS in the center with a laurel and oak wreath surrounding. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Only a dozen or so copper pieces are known, several of which have been gilt. This pattern was the United States' first attempt at an international coinage. These pieces were also struck as plain edge copper pieces, and there are aluminum pieces also known, both with plain and reeded edges.

    These patterns were to be struck as a five-dollar coin weighing 124 9/20 grains, rather than the standard 129 grains. The lower weight would equal the weight of a 5-franc gold coin. This international coinage was apparently taken seriously, at least for a while. France and Great Britain also struck similar patterns. The French produced patterns with the same monetary expression, as seen here, plus there is another design with a reverse that reads: 10 / FLORINS / 25 / FRANCS. The English struck a similar pattern with the reverse denomination reading: DOUBLE / FLORIN / FIVE FRANCS / 1868 (plain and reeded edges). These four types mentioned above are also included in the Cassel Collection as part of our World Coins catalog in association with the ANA Auction.

    The red part of the Red and Brown designation is muted and more cherry-red, while the remainder of the surfaces orange-yellow and sea-green. The fields are brightly mirrored and serve to enhance the multicolor patina. Fully struck.
    From The David Cassel Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29P9, PCGS# 70874)


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2015
    12th-16th Wednesday-Sunday
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