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    1879 Morgan Dollar, Judd-1611, PR60

    1879 $1 Morgan Dollar, Judd-1611, Pollock-1807, Low R.7, PR60 NGC.
    Design.
    The obverse is that of the regular-issue Morgan dollar, while the reverse shows a statuesque eagle perched, head facing left, with downward-pointed wings, clutching an olive branch and three arrows. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR encircle the border. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

    Commentary.
    This "near-Morgan dollar" poses an interesting contrast with the as-issued design. Little comment or notice is made in the numismatic literature of the eagle's wings pointed upward (as on the finished product) vs. the wings pointing downward, as here, whereas Breen notably makes a tremendous distinction between eagles holding olive branches in sinister ("less honorable") claws and dexter ("more honorable") claws. While the eagle on this reverse shows considerable differences, the shape of the head and the center breast, in particular, are beginning to approach the circulation design. About a dozen pieces, perhaps a couple more, are known of this variety.

    Physical Description.
    Tinges of olive-green and gray-gold greet the viewer from both sides of this coin, which shows a few light contact marks on Liberty's cheek and elsewhere. Those marks, although not particularly bothersome, along with some haze and hairlining in the fields account for the PR60 grade of this sharply struck piece. Nonetheless quite rare, with no more than about 15 examples surviving today, at least a couple of which are off the market in museum/institutional holdings. NGC Census: 1 in PR60, 9 finer. PCGS Population: None in PR60, 5 finer (12/08).

    Provenance.
    Ex: Stack's private treaty.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.


    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AH2, PCGS# 61989)


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    January, 2009
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
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