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    1872 Liberty Twenty Dollar, PR63+
    Judd-1253, Struck in Copper and Gilt
    Ex: Bass-Simpson

    1872 $20 Twenty Dollar, Judd-1253 Gilt, Pollock-1395, High R.7, PR63+ PCGS. Ex: Bass-Simpson. The regular-issue Liberty double eagle dies. Struck in copper with a reeded edge and gilt. Off-metal strikes from the regular-issue dies were made in highly limited quantities and quietly sold to well-connected dealers and collectors. It is unlikely that they were produced as dies trials, as has been claimed in the past. Only two to four Judd-1253 representatives are known, according to, but we are only aware of this example and another certified PR61 Red and Brown at PCGS.

    This piece formerly constituted part of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. holdings. It was acquired by him in a 1972 Superior sale and has not been publicly available since 2003. In 1999, Bowers and Merena noted the weight as 280.9 grains and the diameter as 34.2 mm. The gilt surfaces are bright yellow-gold with partial field-device contrast and deeper accents on the reverse. A collector could be forgiven for mistaking this PR63+ for a regular proof gold double eagle.
    Ex: Rare Coin Auction (Superior Galleries, 12/1972), lot 2201A; Harry W. Bass, Jr.; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1409; Elite Coin Auction (Superior Galleries, 7/2003), lot 526.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535370)

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

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