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    1876 Twenty Dollar in Copper, Judd-1493
    High R.7, PR66 Red and Brown
    Relative of the Unique Transitional
    Issue in Gold, Judd-1488

    1876 $20 Twenty Dollar, Judd-1493, Pollock-1646, High R.7, PR66 Red and Brown NGC.
    Design.
    Both the obverse and reverse are of the regular Liberty Head double eagle dated 1876. Importantly, the coronet tip nearly touches star 7, and the reverse reads TWENTY D. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

    Commentary.
    This is similar to the Judd-1489 double eagle pattern, but the coronet tip is much closer to star 7 than to star 6, as on the regular-issue dies of 1876. In 1877 the regular-issue die shows the point of the coronet midway between stars 6 and 7, the same die that was used for the gold (Judd-1488) and copper (Judd-1489). The Judd reference also lists the counterpart of the Judd-1493 in aluminum as Judd-1494, but those are unconfirmed, as noted in all the standard print and online references. USPatterns.com notes that less than six pieces of the Judd-1493 are known in all grades--and that figure includes two pieces that were misattributed in the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Research Foundation as Judd-1489.

    In 1877 the double eagle hub modifications resulted in Liberty Head that appears to gaze rather more forward than upward as previously, and not only is the forward tip of the coronet positioned differently, but also the top of the "bun" of hair at the back of her head is adjacent to star 10, whereas previously it nestled in-between stars 10 and 11. There are many other minor differences on both sides that may be discovered through careful study. These patterns are also important because of their close association with the unique transitional double eagle pattern in gold, Judd-1488. That piece, according to USPatterns.com, "first came to light in the June 1909 Numismatist when J. Haseltine sold the piece to William Woodin. It is unclear whether the piece was originally owned by Idler or Snowden. Later owners include Newcomer and Farouk. It has not been seen since."

    Physical Description.
    The surfaces are virtually pristine, with stunning highlights in shades of orange, purple, blue, and yellow over both sides. The strike is generally bold, despite trivial softness noted on the high-point hair beneath the coronet. NGC Census: one PR63 gilt, one PR66 Red and Brown (this piece), one PR67 Brown. PCGS Population: two PR66 Brown (11/08).

    Provenance.
    Ex: ANA (New England Rare Coin Auctions, 7/1979), lot 1350.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ADK, PCGS# 61815)


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    January, 2009
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