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    1876 Sailor Head Dollar in Copper
    Judd-1463a, PR62 Red and Brown
    Unique Plain Edge Variant

    1876 $1 Sailor Head Dollar, Judd-1463a, Pollock-1614, R.8 - Unique, PR62 Red and Brown PCGS. Ex: HW Bass Jr Collection. The obverse features William Barber's celebrated Sailor Head motif. The coronet is inscribed LIBERTY. The periphery includes IN GOD WE TRUST, the date, and 13 stars. The reverse displays an open laurel wreath with ONE DOLLAR in the center, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and E PLURIBUS UNUM across the border. Struck in copper with a plain edge. This enigmatic version of William Barber's beautiful Sailor Head design is unique, by virtue of its plain edge. The design was probably intended for the Trade dollar, but was never adopted. lists seven specimens of this design in copper, with a reeded edge (Judd-1463), and two examples in silver (Judd-1462), but this is the only plain edge copper piece known. The design elements are razor-sharp throughout and the reflective fields show only minor hairlines and contact marks, with a mix of original red and light brown patina. A patch of dark amber carbon appears on Liberty's cheek, possibly the result of King Farouk's efforts to improve his copper coins many years ago. We expect intense competition from pattern specialists when this lot is called, as there is no substitute for this unique, historic piece.
    Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 1958; Brinton T. Schorer; purchased by Harry W. Bass, Jr. on May 3, 1973; Bass Collection, Part I (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1269, the present consignor.
    From The Collection of William Rau.

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    April, 2018
    25th-29th Wednesday-Sunday
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