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    1879 Quintuple Stella in Copper
    Judd-1644, PR65 Red and Brown
    Ex: Woodin-Newcomer-Judd-Browning

    1879 $20 Metric Twenty Dollar, Judd-1644, Pollock-1844, Low R.7, PR65 Red and Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. This is the same design as the gold quintuple stella. Similar to that featured on the regular issue Liberty double eagle of 1879, but there are two significant differences. The obverse periphery is inscribed * 30 * G * 1.5 * S * 3.5 * C * 35 * G * R * A * M * S *, and the motto DEO EST GLORIA has been substituted for IN GOD WE TRUST within the reverse stars. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

    Although less well-known than its famous cousin, the four dollar stella, the metric twenty dollar is many times rarer. Five pieces were struck in gold. Three of them were sent to Acting Mint Director Robert Preston for examination by the House Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures, and two others were probably made for the mint cabinet. According to Roger Burdette, writing in the Spring 2015 issue of the Journal of Numismatic Research: "Others were made in copper or bronze as inexpensive samples for interested treasury personnel." About a dozen of the copper metric twenties are known, and at least five of them have been gilt.

    Both sides of this important quintuple stella pattern exhibit nearly full copper-orange color with slight mellowing to lighter brown. A tiny stain is evident in the field at Liberty's neck, and a small scrape in the left obverse field limits the grade, but otherwise the surfaces are exceptional.
    Ex: William H. Woodin, Waldo C. Newcomer, Dr. J. Hewitt Judd, Rare Coin and Stamp List No. 9 (Paramount, 11/1974); Rare Coin List No. 10 (Paramount, 6/1975), Mid-American Rare Coin Auctions (9/1985), Jeff Browning "Dallas Bank" Collection (Sotheby's/Stack's 10/2001), lot 374; Jones Beach Collection / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 1595.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AJ2, PCGS# 72023)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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