1873 Trade Dollar Pattern, PR66
1873 T$1 Trade Dollar, Judd-1294, Pollock-1436, High R.7, PR66
Judd-1294, None Numerically Finer
Design. The obverse depicts Liberty seated with her left hand resting on a globe and a Liberty pole and cap in her right hand. Bales of cotton, a sheaf of wheat, and a short-handled plow are nearby. Thirteen stars around and the date below. The reverse features Barber's Amazonian style eagle, but with a ribbon inscribed E PLURIBUS UNUM in the beak. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above and fineness and denomination below. Struck in silver with a plain edge.
Commentary. Judd-1294 was offered for sale to collectors in six-piece sets, including five other Trade dollar patterns, for $30 in 1873. Only about six examples remain, with a total of five submission events recorded at NGC and PCGS combined. This coin is tied with one PR66 Cameo NGC example for the finest numerical grade at either grading service. As noted on the envelope, this issue was not included in the Adams-Woodin pattern reference, although Pollock mistakenly lists AW-1317, which shares the same obverse, as its equivalent.
Physical Description. This delightful Premium Gem is sharply detailed in most areas, with just a touch of softness on the eagle feathers. Attractive shades of pink, gray, and cerulean-blue patina blanket the well-preserved surfaces, and traces of reflectivity shine through the toning. Eye appeal is outstanding. Census: 1 in 66, 0 finer (2/13).
Provenance. "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $50; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
From The Eric P. Newman Collection. (NGC ID# 2A8H, PCGS# 61579)
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