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    1876 'Sailor Head' Dollar Struck in Silver, PR62
    Judd-1457 Trade Dollar Pattern
    One of Two Known

    1876 $1 Sailor Head Dollar, Judd-1457, Pollock-1606, R.8, PR62 PCGS. William Barber's Sailor Head design, presented without stars or the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. The obverse design, limited to the date and the profile of Liberty (LIBERTY is on her coronet) with no peripheral legends or devices, presents a certain minimalist appeal. The reverse displays a laurel wreath and three statutory legends: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ONE DOLLAR, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse die is familiar to pattern specialists of this important date, since it was used for Judd-1457 through Judd-1469. This range includes five designs, each of which was struck in three varieties: silver, copper with a reeded edge, and copper with a plain edge. The present Judd-1457 is struck in silver with a reeded edge.

    All 1876 silver dollar patterns are extremely rare, yet well-known because of their Sailor Head or Liberty at the Seashore motifs. This brilliant and intricately struck piece displays some moderate cameo contrast. Wispy field hairlines and a hair-thin line above the jaw are appropriate for the grade. This piece is certified in a green-label holder. According to USPatterns.com, only two examples of Judd-1457 are known. The pedigree below is based on that from USPatterns.com (lightly edited). USPatterns.com note that these pieces were struck on Trade dollar planchets and can be considered as Trade dollar pattern coins. Bidders should be ready to obtain this exceedingly rare pattern via their most liberal bids: The only other example known, PR65 NGC, is in the Bob Simpson Collection and liable to reside there for many years to come.
    Ex: William Woodin; H.O. Granberg; Abe Kosoff 1/1968 Fixed Price List; Sotheby's 12/1973, lot 282; Rogers M. Fred, Jr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1995), lot 2296; Jones Beach Collection / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 1522.
    From The A. James Evans Collection, Part II.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ACL, PCGS# 61777)


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