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    1871 Indian Princess Dollar in Silver
    Judd-1139, PR66, Tied for Finest Graded
    Ex: Bass

    1871 $1 Standard Silver Dollar, Judd-1139, Pollock-1281, High R.7, PR66 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Bass-Simpson. Although this is the familiar and easily recognized Indian Princess design first used in 1870 (and signed LONGACRE) by William Barber in 1870 and then again in 1871 with LONGACRE removed, the design was further and subtly reworked before these coins were struck. Both 1871 dies show no signature, but this obverse shows 22 stars on the flag, rather than 13. But an easier pickup point and the most obvious difference is that this die shows star 1 and star 13 further away from the central figure of Liberty. The reverse shows STANDARD at top with 1 / DOLLAR in two lines inside an agricultural wreath of corn and cotton. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

    The surfaces on both sides show a wonderful melange of steel-blue, sky-blue, magenta, and deep orange near the rims before ceding to rose, fuchsia, and honey-gold tones in the centers. There are simply no mentionable distractions, as long as one appreciates beautifully toned silver coins.

    This is a "coin with everything": technical quality, great aesthetic beauty, high historic and numismatic interest, and a great provenance to not one, but two giants of numismatics. This piece is also tied for finest graded at both services. Population: 2 in 66, 0 finer (8/20).
    Ex: Purchased from Numismatics, Ltd. (8/12/1974); Harry W. Bass, Jr. Part I (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1260.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26W7, PCGS# 61401)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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