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    1868 Dual-Denomination Pattern in Copper
    Judd-656, PR67 Brown
    International Coinage Proposal

    1868 $5 Dual Denomination $5-25 Francs, Judd-656, Pollock-729, Low R.7, PR67 Brown PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. 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. This is a coin of considerable importance, being the United States' first attempt to design an international coin that would fall in line with the standards proposed at the 1867 International Monetary Conference, which was held in Paris. According to Andrew Pollock:

    "A coinage bill was introduced in Congress by Senator Sherman calling for the creation of a United States five-dollar coin that could be used in International commerce. The proposal specified that the piece should weigh 124-9/20 grains, rather than the statutory one hundred twenty nine grains, thus making the coin precisely equal in value to a proposed French 25-franc piece."



    This is one of about a dozen Judd-656 representatives known, and it certainly ranks among the finest. Glossy brown surfaces showcase ice-blue and golden-olive patina. A phenomenal Superb Gem proof produced for an economically significant purpose.
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    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29P9, PCGS# 60874)


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