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    Wonderful Premium Gem Proof 1875 Commercial Dollar
    Judd-1423, Five Known

    1875 T$1 Commercial Dollar, Judd-1423, Pollock-1566, High R.7, PR66 NGC.
    A seated figure of Liberty faces left at the seashore, with 13 stars ringing the rim and the date 1875 below. She holds an olive branch and rests her left hand on a globe reading LIBERTY. Two flags and a sheaf of wheat flank her. A steamship with sails appears in the water, with sails billowing in one direction and steam blowing in the opposite direction. A scroll above the date reads IN GOD WE TRUST. On the reverse an olive wreath contains COMMERCIAL / (ornamental cornucopias) / DOLLAR / (ornaments) / 420 GRS / 900 FINE / (ornament), with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA at the rim. On the bow tying the wreath a second reference to the Deity appears, this time the outdated GOD OUR TRUST. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

    A numismatic delicacy produced at a time when the Commercial dollar, forerunner of the Trade dollar, was already obsolete. The reverse die was first used with an 1871-dated obverse by Longacre, the Indian Princess design, on the Judd-1154/1155 and Judd-1158/1159 Commercial dollar patterns.

    The impossible physics depicted on the design is a well-known numismatic blooper, one that is a repeat of various 1875-dated pattern designs, including the twenty cent (Judd-1396 through 1406) and silver/Trade dollar (Judd-1420 through 1429). comments that supposedly only six pieces were struck; five of them are listed in Pollock.

    Physical Description.
    Wonderful accents of ice-blue and pastel heather-gold grace both sides of this stunning Premium Gem, a well-struck and thoroughly delightful representation of this popular Liberty at the Seashore design. NGC Census: one in PR63, two in PR65, one in PR66 (this piece). PCGS Population: two in PR62 (11/08).

    Saul Teichman reports his belief that five pieces currently exist, out of six supposedly struck according to Adams-Woodin.
    Ex: Stack's (5/1998), lot 546.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ABN, PCGS# 61730)

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    January, 2009
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
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