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    Possibly Unique White Metal Impression of William Barber's 1879 Dollar Pattern, Judd-1607

    1879 $1 Dollar, Judd-1607, Pollock-1803, Unique(?)--Bent--NCS Proof. Similar to the "Washlady" design, this is one of William Barber's creations, though, rather than his son's. On the obverse, the head of Liberty faces left with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST above and the date below. There are 13 stars on the left and right portions of the obverse rim, 7 left and 6 right. On the reverse, a spread-winged eagle is in the center, surrounded by a laurel wreath with E PLURIBUS UNUM set directly in the field in small letters. At the top of that side is UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and below is ONE DOLLAR. Struck in white metal with a reeded edge. Pollock believes this pattern may be unique in white metal. We do not know of an offering of this pattern since the Branigan Sale in 1978, thus giving the pattern collector a once-in-a-generation opportunity to acquire this rarity. The coin does show evidence of a slight bend, as noted above, and there are several distinctive contact marks that identify this important coin, including a small dig between stars 3 and 4, a short, diagonal mark on Liberty's jawline, a shallow scratch in the field between star 1 and Liberty's upper neck. The surfaces are brilliant throughout and the fields deeply mirrored.
    Ex: Branigan Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 8/78), lot 1844; and possibly also Ex: Waldo Newcomer; W. H. Woodin; The Palace Collection of King Farouk (Sotheby's, 1954), lot 1999.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61985)


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