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    Beautifully Toned Choice 1879 Schoolgirl Dollar Struck in Silver, Judd-1608

    1879 $1 Schoolgirl Dollar, Judd-1608, Pollock-1804, R.6-7, PR64 PCGS. The legendary Schoolgirl pattern, struck in silver with a reeded edge. A bust of Liberty faces left, and her hair is combed back and is tide with a ribbon. She wears a hairband inscribed LIBERTY, which is placed much higher than on most other Liberty head designs. A string of pearls is around her neck. E PLURIBUS UNUM and the date are separated by thirteen stars, similar to the Morgan Dollar obverse border although E PLURIBUS is higher on this pattern. The reverse features a defiant eagle standing with raised wings on a wide scroll inscribed IN GOD WE TRUST. The conventional heraldic olive branch and arrows are on opposite sides of the scroll. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR are arranged along the border much like on the regular issue Morgan Dollar.
    Widely acknowledged as one of the most spectacular pattern designs, the Schoolgirl is credited to George T. Morgan, a relatively recent arrival to the U.S. Mint. Competition between Morgan and Charles Barber led to several interesting designs in 1879, with the Schoolgirl, Washlady, and Stella patterns among the most notable. According to, the Schoolgirl moniker originated with New York Coin and Stamp's April 1891 sale of the F.W. Doughty collection and was likely devised by David Proskey. Silver and copper strikings are known, in addition to a unique obverse lead splasher.
    The present example is exquisitely struck and magnificently preserved. Gorgeous honey-gold, mauve, and electric-blue colors outline the borders and devices, while the fields and portrait have medium pearl-gray patina. The eye appeal of this near-Gem is truly exceptional, and its rarity is unquestioned. PCGS has certified only six examples in all grades of this extremely desirable pattern.
    From The New Millennium Collection. (#61986)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AGY, PCGS# 61986)

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