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    1871 Half Eagle in Nickel, PR55
    Judd-1172, Dramatically Doubled Reverse

    1871 $5 Five Dollar, Judd-1172, Pollock-1314, R.8, PR55 PCGS. Regular dies trial striking of the 1871 half eagle. Struck in nickel with a reeded edge. This is an intriguing coin. Not only is it rare, but the reverse is widely double struck, evidence of which can be seen most clearly on the eagle's head and right (facing) wing, although other design elements are also doubled. Since patterns are supposed to be carefully produced presentation pieces, we wonder how this error could have occurred. Saul Teichman suggests this half eagle may have been inadvertently struck on a Shield nickel planchet. Silver-gray surfaces are void of singularly distracting hairlines. Light blending occurs over the highest points of the design, but the rarity of this issue ensures this coin's importance among specialists. Definitely one of the most curious pieces we have handled in recent memory.
    Ex: Atlanta Signature (Heritage, 8/2001), lot 8373.
    From The Collection of William Rau.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61435)


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    April, 2018
    25th-29th Wednesday-Sunday
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