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    Magnificent Gem 1879 Schoolgirl Dollar, J-1609 Copper Striking

    1879 $1 Schoolgirl Silver Dollar, Judd-1609, Pollock-1805, Low R.7, PR66 Red and Brown NGC. The obverse portrays a youthful Miss Liberty with her hair tied by a ribbon, flowing down to her neck. A headband is inscribed LIBERTY. The date and E PLURIBUS UNUM follow the border, interspersed with two stars at the lower left, seven more at the top, and six at the lower right. Liberty is wearing a string of 13 pearls around her neck. The reverse has a defiant eagle standing on a pedestal inscribed IN GOD WE TRUST, with olive to the left and three arrows to the right. Around is the statutory legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, with the denomination ONE DOLLAR below. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. The reverse design is similar to that found on certain earlier patterns, especially on some 1877 half dollar patterns that were also created by George T. Morgan. A similar defiant eagle design was created for the reverse of the Illinois Centennial half dollar, by John Sinnock.
    Only 10 or 11 examples of this important and highly desirable pattern issue are known in copper, along with a slightly larger number of pieces in silver (14 confirmed), and a single example in lead. This glorious Gem has considerable original mint red color, along with attractive blue and lilac toning. The surfaces are pristine and void of any blemishes. A tiny spot below the left upright of M in UNUM and another below the first S in STATES are the only pedigree markers of any kind on either side. In fact, these two tiny spots positively identify this piece as the example that appeared in Bowers and Merena's August 1996 auction. Saul Teichman ( has done extensive pedigree research for this variety, and lists just 10 examples on his website, possibly including some duplication. We had the pleasure of offering a similar quality example of this pattern variety in our September 2006 Long Beach sale. Prior to that appearance, the previous most recent auction sale of an example was in July 2002. These pieces appear on the market infrequently.
    Ex: Bowers and Merena (8/1996), lot 483; Bowers and Merena (9/2001), lot 153 [actually sold in November 2001].
    From The Jones Beach Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AGZ, PCGS# 71987)

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2007
    3rd-6th Wednesday-Saturday
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