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    1879 William Barber's Metric Dollar
    Struck in Silver or Goloid
    Judd-1617, PR64

    1879 $1 Goloid Metric Dollar, Judd-1617, Pollock-1813, R.4, PR64 PCGS. William Barber's Metric Dollar with Liberty wearing a coronet with a border of pearls. The reverse is quite elaborate with a partial wreath of cotton and corn tied at the base, a ribbon, and with DEO EST GLORIA on a tablet above. Struck in silver or goloid with a reeded edge. Several hundred pieces are known, but very few have undergone metallurgical testing. From the Mint's perspective it would have been inconvenient to strike these pieces in goloid; similarly, it would have been very convenient to strike them using standard silver dollar planchets. If that proves correct by testing, it stands to reason the goloid pieces (if indeed any were struck in that composition) should be worth a significant premium. This piece shows significant underlying mint brilliance intermixed with golden-brown and lilac patina. A few specks are widely distributed over each side.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AH8, PCGS# 61995)


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

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    September, 2020
    18th-20th Friday-Sunday
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