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    1874 Double Eagle in Copper
    Judd-1381, PR66+ Brown

    1874 $20 Double Eagle, Judd-1381, Pollock-1526, R.8, PR66+ Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Each side features the regular-issue Type Two double eagle design for the year. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Although patterns like these were likely produced as numismatic delicacies rather than as proper dies trials, they are nevertheless rare. USPatterns.com reports two or three pieces extant. One was sold as part of the King Farouk-Palace Collections of Egypt Sale (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 1925. We handled a PR60 Red and Brown on two occasions, once in 2001 and again in 2018, possibly representing a reappearance of the Farouk coin. B. Max Mehl offered an example as lot 1911a in the February 1921 Wilharm Collection sale, where he described it as a "Brilliant purple proof." This high-end Premium Gem may be the Wilharm coin. The obverse features eye-catching ice-blue (perhaps purple to some) patina, particularly over the relief elements, while reverse color is more varied. Eye appeal and preservation are spectacular.
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    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61685)


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