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    1871 Commercial Dollar in Copper
    Judd-1157, PR64 Brown
    Only Two in Private Hands

    1871 T$1 Commercial Dollar, Judd-1157, Pollock-1301, R.8 PR64 Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The James B. Longacre Indian Princess design here shows 13 peripheral stars on the obverse, with 22 stars on the flag. The date 1871 is below. The reverse shows the usual wreath with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA at upper rim, and inside COMMERCIAL / (crossed cornucopias) / DOLLAR / (bar ornament) / 420 Grs. 900 FINE / (bar ornament). GOD OUR TRUST is on the ribbon of the wreath. Struck in copper with a plain edge.

    Small quantities of this Commercial dollar pattern were struck in silver and copper with plain and reeded edges. They were manufactured as proposed designs for what would eventually become the Trade dollar in 1873. Only three copper-plain edge representatives are known, one of which is impounded in an institutional collection. They are as follows:

    1. Frank F. Sprinkle Collection (Stack's, 6/1988), lot 454; Lemus-Queller Family Collection (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1819; Wyoming Collection.
    2. J.C. Mitchelson (1913); Connecticut State Library.
    3. King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 1674; Christie's (9/1988), lot 593, cleaned; Classics Sale (American Numismatic Rarities, 5/2003), lot 83. The present coin.

    This rich coppery near-Gem features glossy, golden-brown surfaces. James Longacre's design, as executed by William Barber, is fully defined. A raised fin surrounds part of the reverse border, and faint striations appear on the rims on each side. A few light hairlines are noted, but they have little to no effect on the appeal or importance of this rare offering.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61419)

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

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