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    1879 Quintuple Stella in Copper
    Judd-1644, PR66 Red and Brown

    1879 $20 Metric Twenty Dollar, Judd-1644, Pollock-1844, Low R.7, PR66 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.

    The Metric twenty dollar pattern of 1879 is closely related to the famous four dollar stella, which was produced the same year. The coins were intended to serve as a kind of international currency, similar to the present day euro. The weight pattern recorded around the obverse is an exact five times multiple of the values on the stella, which led to the "Quintuple Stella" nickname for the Metric twenty dollar pattern. USPatterns.com estimates the surviving population of Judd-1644 at about a dozen examples, at least four of which have been gilt. 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."

    This is a beautiful copper example that still retains a significant portion of the original mint red. This is intermixed with slightly mellowed brown and blue patina seen in equal measure on both sides. Fully struck throughout.
    Ex: Rio Rancho Estate Collection (Superior, 10/1974), lot 470; ANA Auction (NERCA, 7/1979), lot 1359; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2003), lot 9943.

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


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