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    1869 Double Eagle in Aluminum
    Judd-785, PR64

    1869 $20 Twenty Dollar, Judd-785, Pollock-870, High R.7, PR64 PCGS. CAC. Regular die trials issue struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. While traditionally termed a die trials striking, it is safe to say there was no actual thought given to producing double eagles in 1869 struck in aluminum, making these pieces deliberately struck by the Mint for collectors. Nevertheless, these strikes are extremely rare. Off-metal pieces were also struck in copper (half a dozen estimated extant) and nickel (believed unique). Like the copper strikes, only half a dozen aluminum pieces are believed known. With the infrequency the aluminum strikes are offered, there may be even fewer than six known. As with most aluminum patterns, there is significant field-device contrast visible, although it is undesignated on this piece because of the age of the holder. A few tiny contact marks can be found, but the most important identifier is a planchet flaw on the obverse rim near 4 o'clock. Exceptional rarity and quality are combined in this one pattern.
    Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 6/1998), lot 6624.
    From The Chinook Collection. (PCGS# 61017)

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