1879 Morgan Silver Dollar in Copper
1879 $1 Morgan Dollar, Judd-1612, Pollock-1808, R.6, PR64 Red
and Brown NGC. CAC.
Judd-1612, PR64 Red and Brown
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 copper with a reeded edge.
Commentary. More than a dozen examples of this pattern variety are known, including examples in all color designations. NGC has certified seven pieces with three designated Red and two others as Red and Brown. PCGS has certified one Brown and four Red specimens.
Physical Description. Like many others, the Eric P. Newman specimen possesses considerable original orange mint color. This piece has lightly mirrored surfaces with generous splashes of bluish-brown patina. Pristine surfaces are void of any spots or contact marks.
Provenance. "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $35; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
From The Eric P. Newman Collection. (NGC ID# 2AH3, PCGS# 71990)
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