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    1876 'Sailor Head' Dollar in Copper
    Judd-1460, PR65 Red Cameo
    Ex: Queller

    1876 $1 Sailor Head Dollar, Judd-1460, Pollock-1610, R.7, PR65 Red Cameo NGC. The obverse centers about a small head of Liberty facing left, wearing a coronet, with the date below and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST set directly in the field between the date and the bust. The coronet is inscribed LIBERTY and the hair is tied in a bow. The reverse features an olive wreath surrounding the denomination ONE DOLLAR. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is at the border above and E PLURIBUS UNUM below. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

    This is Barber's famous "Sailor Head" design, first used in 1875. The pattern dollar designs of 1876 were an attempt by the Mint to be proactive, as the silver faction in Congress was attempting to pass legislation reinstating the old standard silver dollar. Silver specimens of this design (Judd-1459) were struck on August 1, 1876, along with samples of two other designs (Judd-1457 and Judd-1462). Superintendent Pollock forwarded samples of all three patterns to Mint Director Linderman, writing, "Sir: I herewith send three impressions of the pattern dies prepared by Mr. Barber, for the proposed silver dollar. They were completed and handed to me this morning." The Mint's commendable foresight in preparing for the silver dollar coinage proved unnecessary in this case, as the Bland-Allison Act did not pass until 1878. One wonders what became of these three patterns after Linderman received them. No examples were included in the catalog of his collection prepared by Lyman Low in 1887. It was most uncharacteristic of Linderman to let such prizes escape his grasp.

    In the Olsen Sale (Mehl, 11/1944), lot 52, B. Max Mehl stated only five specimens of Judd-1460 were coined. This corresponds well with the USPatterns.com estimate of approximately a half dozen survivors today. Clearly, the present offering is an important opportunity for the astute pattern specialist.

    Sharply struck, with all design elements fully realized. Mint red reflective fields contrast sharply with the elegant devices to produce the coveted cameo effect. A few scattered handling marks are consistent with the grade. This example is the finest certified in the Red Cameo designation at both leading grading services.
    Ex: Stack's private treaty transaction (1986); Lemus / Queller Collection, Part Two (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1866, where it realized $57,500.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 81781)


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