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    Important 1876 Sailor Head Dollar Struck in Silver
    Judd-1459, R.8, High-End PR64
    Ex: Woodin, Granberg, Sieck, Bass

    1876 $1 Sailor Head Dollar, Judd-1459, Pollock-1609, R.8, PR64 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Harry W. Bass, Jr. An extremely rare and important pattern. All silver dollar patterns from 1876 are nearly unobtainable, particularly in silver alloy instead of copper. There were two basic pattern 1876 silver dollar designs. The Liberty at the Seashore design was used for two silver dollar die pairings, in addition to commercial and Trade dollar patterns. The other basic design was William Barber's famous Sailor Head, which was paired with a generic wreath and statutory legend reverse.
    Four different Sailor Head dollar die marriages, all R.8 in silver, were produced. They varied in the presence and placement of stars and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Judd-1459 has no stars, and IN GOD WE TRUST is unobtrusively placed sans scroll above the date. To make room for the motto, the Sailor Head motif is reduced in scale, relative to the starless and mottoless Judd-1457.
    Only two examples of Judd-1459 are known. William Woodin once owned both of them, presumably part of the pattern hoard he acquired in exchange for the two 1877 half union gold pieces. Judd-1459 was struck on Trade dollar planchets--unsurprising since Trade dollars were then in production, while silver dollar coinage was prohibited by the Act of 1873. USPatterns.com comments that these patterns are actually Trade dollar essais. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
    This impressive specimen has rich blended gunmetal-blue and apricot toning. The strike is full, save for a whisper of softness near the wreath bow. The quality of the surfaces is superior, given the PR64 third-party grade. A small Iowa-shaped lamination at 9 o'clock on the obverse is of Mint origin and serves as a pedigree identifier. The present lot may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire this important silver dollar pattern, one that was absent from the Lemus Collection.
    Ex: William Woodin; H.O. Granberg; Abe Kosoff 1/1968 fixed price list; Fairfield Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1977), lot 62; William Sieck Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 7/1981), lot 278; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part One (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1267; Jones Beach Collection (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 1523, which realized $54,625.
    From The McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Patterns.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ACP, PCGS# 61780)


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2011
    5th-9th Wednesday-Sunday
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