Description

    1870 Twenty Dollar Pattern
    PR67 ★ Red and Brown
    Judd-1038, Pollock-1173
    Copper Regular Dies Strike

    1870 $20 Twenty Dollar, Judd-1038, Pollock-1173, R.7, PR67 ★ Red and Brown NGC. CAC.
    Design.
    The regular dies of the Type Two Liberty double eagle. The reverse has GOD above the arc line of IN and WE. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Tiny raised die lines appear around IBE of LIBERTY. They resemble lint marks, only raised, and are possibly from lint marks on the hub when the die was produced.

    Commentary. Only four or five examples of this pattern variety are known, along with two examples in aluminum and one in nickel composition. NGC and PCGS have certified six submissions with three of those designated as gilt pieces. Clearly of extreme interest to the pattern specialist, and appropriate as an association item for the collection of proof double eagles. The raised "lint marks" described above are identical to those observed on regular issue 1870 proof double eagles.

    Physical Description. It is our opinion that this Superb Gem proof deserves a Cameo designation for its obvious contrast between the deeply mirrored fields and lustrous devices. Both sides show smoothly blended orange mint color and light brown patina with a hint of violet. A thin toning line crosses the upper obverse. This impressive piece has a bold strike with extraordinary aesthetic appeal.

    Provenance. "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $100; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
    From The Eric P. Newman Collection. (NGC ID# 2A2C, PCGS# 71287)


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