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    Historic 1877 Judd-1542 Sailor Head Dollar
    Struck in Copper, PR66 Red and Brown

    1877 $1 Sailor Head Dollar, Judd-1542, Pollock-1715, R.7, PR66 Red and Brown PCGS. On the obverse a head of Liberty faces left, with 13 stars around, IN GOD WE TRUST at top, date below. She wears a coronet inscribed LIBERTY in raised letters, and the hair is tied back with a ribbon. On the reverse a thick central wreath frames 1 / DOLLAR, with the country reference above and Latin motto below. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
    The Sailor Head dollar is one of many pattern varieties from the year 1877, a year in which Mint experimentation, or production of numismatic delicacies, or both, apparently reach their zenith. It is an attractive presentation in its own right, and the large surface area of the dollar, as here, makes it doubly attractive by allowing the more-intricate details to be fully appreciated.
    The Sailor Head obverse, however, made its debut in 1875, on pattern designs for the twenty cent piece, half eagle, and eagle. In 1877 this same obverse was combined with several different reverses, but not in the dollar size. The unique 1877 Sailor Head quarter in silver with regular reverse of the Seated Liberty quarter (Judd-1499) is a legendary rarity in modern times, while the copper specimens of the same pairing are rated Low R.7. Copper dimes (Judd-1498) with a similar obverse exist, also Low R.7, while silver specimens are unconfirmed. A somewhat similar, though not identical, design graces the Judd-1501 and 1502 half dollars in silver and copper, R.8 and Low R.7 respectively.
    As one of the few Sailor Heads in a silver dollar size available in the numismatic marketplace, this piece is sure to see intense bidding competition in this healthy market for collectibles of all kinds, especially numismatic treasures.
    Copious quantities of original Mint red accompany strong visual appeal, with highlights of orange and lilac and minimal distractions of any sort. A small commalike dark spot through the 8 in the date and a second in the obverse field below the W(E) serve as pedigree identifiers, but they fail to dampen the impact of this marvelous Premium Gem. An hourglass-shaped area of bluish patina is noted on the reverse around the 1 in the center. USPatterns.com estimates that "at least seven" are known, one of them in the Connecticut State Library.
    Ex: Phillip Warner Sale (Robert L. Hughes, 1/1980), lot 62; Great '80 (Robert L. Hughes, 7/1980), lot 137; Bowers and Ruddy Rare Coin Review No. 44, p. 8 (9/1982); Steig Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 9/1982), lot 1810; Connecticut Historical Society (Bowers and Merena,4/1983), lot 2428; Jascha Heifetz (Superior, 10/1989), lot 3318, PR65 Red and Brown PCGS; Heritage (11/2003), lot 11214, PR66 Red and Brown PCGS; Queller Family Collection (Heritage (1/2009), lot 1886.
    From The McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Patterns. (NGC ID# 2AES, PCGS# 71886)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2011
    5th-9th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 21
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