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    Gem Proof 1879 Morgan Dollar
    Pattern in Copper, Judd-1614

    1879 $1 Morgan Dollar, Judd-1614, Pollock-1810, Low R.7, PR65 Brown NGC. The obverse is the regular die for the Morgan silver dollar. The reverse is roughly similar to the Morgan reverse, but the eagle's wings are lowered rather than raised, with the eagle somewhat larger and the body shaped differently--less tapered. ONE DOLLAR is beneath in tiny letters, and IN GOD WE TRUST encircles the eagle's head, but not in a script font as on the regular issue. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is roughly the same appearance as on the final product. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
    The great spate of patterns that burst forth from the Mint in 1879, most famously including the four dollar stella in two designs, is enduringly popular with collectors. Why there were so many dollar patterns issued in the year after the (mostly) unwanted Morgan dollars began filling up Treasury coffers is not entirely explained by the goloid dollars experiment. It appears that there was competition, healthy or not, between Mint Chief Engraver Charles T. Barber and the newly hired (in 1876) Assistant Engraver George T. Morgan. And some Mint personnel of the era were not above producing numismatic delicacies, some clandestine, some not, for public or private gain.
    This piece boasts lovely, deep toning in shades of aqua and gold on both sides, but considerable luster ensues from beneath. Perusal with a loupe fails to reveal any mentionable distractions, save for a small contact mark on Liberty's cheek. One of the two finest certified at NGC in PR65, regardless of color designation (12/07).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AH5, PCGS# 61992)


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