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    1880 Metric Dollar, Judd-1645, PR66 Cameo
    Tied for Finest Certified
    Ex: Woodin, Judd

    1880 $1 Metric Dollar, Judd-1645, Pollock-1845, High R.6, PR66 Cameo NGC.
    Design.
    The William Barber design, adapted by his son Charles Barber from the unique 1877 gold "half union" (Judd-1546) that resides in the Smithsonian and some later patterns, notably the Judd-1617 1879 goloid metric dollar, with which the present pattern shares a reverse. On the obverse the head of Liberty faces left, wearing a broad coronet inscribed LIBERTY. Beads decorate the top border of the coronet, and Liberty's hair is thick and wavy. Thirteen stars encircle the rim, with the motto above and date below the portrait. The reverse offers a wreath of cotton and wheat, with inner circle of dots enclosing 895.8 S. / 4.2--G. / 100--C. / 25 GRAMS. Despite the (persistent, in the ninth edition) Judd misidentification as E PLURIBUS UNUM, the actual Latin motto present is DEO EST GLORIA ("God is glory/To God be the glory") in a cartouche, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR at the rim. Purportedly struck in Hubbell's goloid composition with a reeded edge.

    Commentary.
    As noted elsewhere, we believe that the actual metallic composition of all of these purportedly goloid pieces is none other than standard silver alloy, 90% silver and 10% copper. To our knowledge, no metallurgical evidence suggests otherwise.

    The High R.6 rarity rating makes this pattern, while nonetheless rare, among the more available of the goloid metric designs. USPatterns.com (which calls it bluntly "silver") estimates that more than a dozen pieces are known. The Charles Barber goloid and metric dollar conceptions of 1880 also include the Judd-1651 and the Judd-1657 (1880 Flowing Hair stella).

    The Stack's cataloger, writing of the present coin in 1986, said, "The present specimen is the plate coin in Judd [seventh edition--1982], the plate coin in Taxay, and the plate coin in Adams & Woodin. Most of the plates in A&W were of Woodin's coins (and Woodin did have a specimen of J.1645 in the ANS Exhibition, 1914), so this specimen is almost certainly ex Woodin. Judd did have a specimen of J.1645. We strongly suspect that this is his own specimen. An exciting opportunity to acquire a true piece of numismatic history."

    The coin illustrated in the Stack's catalog is a dead match for this coin, providing an important provenance that attaches to the present lot. With a pedigree that attaches to three of the most important names in the entire field of U.S. pattern collecting, the importance of the present lot cannot be overemphasized.

    Physical Description.
    Generous dollops of silver-gold evenly cover both sides, with remarkable field-device contrast present throughout. The golden hues deepen near the rims into cinnamon and russet. Thick mint frost coats the devices, complementing well-mirrored surfaces. A small patch of hazy ice-blue beneath Liberty's chin serves as a pedigree marker, along with a thin, curved lintmark in the obverse field between star 5 and the nose. Remarkably attractive. This piece is the only Cameo certified at NGC, and it is tied numerically for finest certified with a PR66 PCGS coin (10/08).

    Provenance.
    Ex: William H. Woodin; Dr. J. Hewitt Judd; Stack's (10/1986), lot 108, $5,940.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (NGC ID# 2AJ3, PCGS# 62030)


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

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
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