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    1871 Indian Princess Dollar, PR65 Cameo
    Judd-1138e Struck in Aluminum, Likely Unique
    First Auction Appearance Since 1965

    1871 $1 Dollar, Judd-1138e, Pollock-1280, R.8 (Likely Unique), PR65 Cameo NGC. Ex: Bass/ANA Museum Display. The Indian Princess obverse with 13 stars around, 13 stars on the flag, and date 1871 below, the reworking of the Longacre design posthumously by William Barber. Liberty faces left and holds a Liberty pole and cap in her right hand, while her left hand rests on a globe with raised LIBERTY on a scroll. The globe behind the scroll shows most of North America and the southern part of South America. The reverse is the regular-issue Seated dollar die. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge.

    The Judd-1138e was Judd-1138b in editions of Judd before the eighth. The present Bass Foundation example of this pattern is likely unique; there is not a whisper of another example in any of the available literature. USPatterns.com does note that the plain-edge counterpart of this pattern (Judd-1138f) is "unconfirmed." Even as far back as its Stack's appearance in 1965, it was described as R.8 or two known, and it has been described as R.8 since the second edition of the Judd reference in 1959.

    This piece is particularly delightful not only for its rarity but for its excellent preservation. Graded Gem proof Cameo by NGC, this piece expectedly shows generous contrast between the fields, which are nicely reflective (and especially so for an aluminum coin) and the devices, which offer thick mint frost. For the problematic metal that aluminum was at this period of Mint history, the planchet would have to be described as defect- and distraction-free, not showing the heavy die lines, random flaws, laminations, and other problems that so many aluminum patterns show. Just as in its last offering nearly 50 years ago, we certainly expect that this piece could realize another "runaway price."
    Ex: Stack's (3/1965), lot 42, where it was described as "Rare, listed as [an] R-8. Should realize a run-away price."; purchased from Brinton T. Schorer (4/1973 or 5/1973; the inventory tag and the Sylloge differ) via Mike Brownlee (Goliad Corp.); given to the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Research Foundation (12/1991). Accompanied by an inventory tag showing provenance and listing the pattern as Judd-1138b, noting "very rare." HBCC-6095 (Bass Sylloge number).
    Selections From The Harry Bass, Jr. Foundation's A.N.A. Museum Display.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61400)


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