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    1878 'Rejected Dollar' in Copper, Judd-1555
    Pollock-1734, PR63 Brown

    1878 $1 Dollar, Judd-1555, Pollock-1734, R.7, PR63 Brown NGC.
    Design.
    The same general design as used on the famous 1877 half union patterns of 1877, this arrangement, according to Saul Teichman on USPatterns.com represents what came to be known as "Barber's rejected dollar" in early pattern auction catalogs. The head of Liberty faces left, with IN GOD WE TRUST above and the date 1878 below. Liberty wears a coronet inscribed LIBERTY. Thirteen stars at the border are arranged seven left, six right. The N of IN is close to the coronet point, and star 13 is close to the lowest hair curl. There are five beads above the Y in LIBERTY. On the reverse an eagle with drooping wings occupies the center, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR, the latter in minuscules, at the rim. E PLURIBUS UNUM appears arcing in a Gothic font above the eagle. The upright of the B in PLURIBUS is centered under the tip of the right bottom serif on the second T of STATES, and the M in UNUM is slightly left of center of the M in AMERICA. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.


    Commentary.
    Because of the die varieties that exist for these "rejected dollar" patterns--at least four different die pairings--Pollock breaks them down according to obverse and reverse variety, whereas Judd lumps them all together. The copper Judd-1555 covers:
    --Pollock-1734. Diagnostics above.
    --Pollock-1738. (I)N close to point, star 13 close, three beads above Y; upright of B in PLURIBUS under bottom left serif of E in STATES, M in UNUM right of center of M in AMERICA
    --Pollock-1742. N distant, star 13 distant; B centered under TE, M centered under M.
    --Pollock-1746. N close, star 13 close, three beads above Y, with additional bead to the right; reverse stars missing from 4 and 8 o'clock positions, L in PLURIBUS centered under first S in STATES, M in UNUM centered underneath ME in AMERICA.

    Physical Description.
    The eye appeal is considerably finer than the PR63 grade might imply, with purple and blue highlights throughout. NGC Census (as Judd-1555): one PR63 Brown (this piece), one PR67 Red and Brown. PCGS Population (Judd-1555): eight pieces ranging from PR62 Brown to PR66 Red (11/08). The individual varieties are all rated R.7 by both Pollock and USPatterns.com. Pollock notes that the Lemus Collection piece weighs 342.5 grains, with a diameter of 1.491 in. and 180-degree die alignment (normal coin turn).

    Provenance.
    Ex: Danny Arnold Collection and Romisa Collection (Bowers and Merena, 9/1984), lot 401.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AF8, PCGS# 61916)


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
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