Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    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 USPatterns.com, 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.

    Auction Info

    Bidding Begins Approx.
    January
    15th Friday
    Auction Dates
    February
    3rd-8th Wednesday-Monday
    Proxy Bidding Begins Approx.
    77 Days
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: N/A
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 38
    Auction Type
    Signature®:  Heritage Live®:After Internet bidding closes, live bidding will take place through www.HA.com/Live. Your secret maximum bid placed prior to the live event will compete against the live bids. To maximize your chances of winning, enter realistic secret maximum bids on our site. Many of our proxy bidders are successful at winning lots in these auctions, and usually below their secret maximum. You can also place last minute bids directly with us by e-mailing Bid@HA.com or calling 1-866-835-3243. (Important note: Due to software and Internet latency, live bids may not register in time, so enter realistic proxy bids.)

    Signature® Floor Sessions
    Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 24 hours before the live session begins and continues through the session. During the live auction event, bidding in person is encouraged, and Heritage Live includes streaming audio and often video during the event.
    Track Item