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    1870 Double Eagle in Gilt Copper
    Judd-1038, PR64
    Ex: Bass-Queller

    1870 $20 Twenty Dollar, Judd-1038 Gilt, Pollock-1173, High R.7, PR64 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Allegedly trial pieces struck from the regular issue Liberty Head double eagle dies of the year 1870. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Saul Teichman notes that while these are listed as dies trials in the standard references, they may have been deliberately struck in sets for sale to collectors. All copper pieces (including gilt) are rare, but even-rarer examples are known in aluminum and nickel, both ranked R.8. Still, just four to six Judd-1038 examples probably exist.

    Both sides are thoroughly and completely gilt. The highly reflective surfaces show mild cameo contrast with a sharp strike. PCGS lists this PR64 gilt example and another in PR64 Cameo gilt. The NGC Census reports two PR64 gilt pieces, but those are probably duplications (5/21).
    Ex: Brinton T. Schorer; Harry W. Bass, Jr. via private treaty (5/1973); Bass Collection, Part I (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1408; The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1787.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 81289)

    View all of [The Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part VI ]

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