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    1873 William Barber Five Dollar
    Struck in Aluminum
    Judd-1339, PR65+ Cameo
    The Finer of Only Two Pieces Known

    1873 $5 Half Eagle, Judd-1339, Pollock-1483, R.8, PR65+ Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. A William Barber design with Liberty facing right, 13 stars around, and the date below. This obverse is similar to the design used on his Trade dollar (Judd-1287). The reverse is the Amazonian design used on Judd-1240-1242, showing a majestic eagle with wings outstretched and a shield covering part of the right (facing) wing, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around most of the periphery, FIVE DOL. on the lower margin. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. When seen, this pattern is usually found in copper with five of those pieces known. However, only two aluminum pieces are extant and both are in the Simpson Collection. This is the finer of the two aluminum examples. As expected from an aluminum striking, the fields are deeply mirrored and the devices frosted white, which provides the cameo contrast on each side. Fully struck in all areas with no obvious contact marks or signs of oxidation. An important offering for the advanced pattern collector.
    Ex: King Farouk Collection (Sotheby's, 2-3/1954), lot 1907; The June Sale (Stack's, 6/1983), lot 844; Marin Numismatics; Rajj Collection (Stack's-Bowers, 8/2011), lot 7525.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 506879, Base PCGS# 61627)


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