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    1880 Judd-1647 Dollar Pattern, PR66 Cameo
    Ex: King Farouk
    Finest of Five Known

    1880 $1 Metric Dollar, Judd-1647, Pollock-1847, High R.7, PR66 Cameo PCGS. CAC. 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. The actual Latin motto present is DEO EST GLORIA ("God is glory/To God be the glory") in a cartouche (not E PLURIBUS UNUM), with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR at the rim. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge.

    Andrew Pollock recorded two distinct specimens in the roster that appeared in his 1994 pattern reference, and he also mentioned one other coin from the Farouk sale that later appeared in Lester Merkin's September 1968 sale. However, no photographs appeared in that catalog, so the pedigree was uncertain. The present piece purports to be that coin, with a photocopy of the Merkin envelope that identifies this piece as lot 475 in that sale. This example is clearly different from the other two pieces listed in his reference and represents a third known example. Two others exist, including a second example in the present sale. This piece is different than the Stack's (10/2003), lot 1109 coin where they claimed the same pedigree. An additional example appears in the Eric P. Newman Collection, offered in the present sale. The following updated pedigree record shows five specimens:

    1. PR66 Cameo PCGS. Waldo Newcomer; F.C.C. Boyd; A. Kosoff; King Farouk (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 2004 as EF; E.M. Hydeman; Lester Merkin (9/1968), lot 475. The present specimen.

    2. PR66 Cameo NGC. Col. E.H.R. Green; Burdette G. Johnson; Eric P. Newman Collection. Offered with the Newman Collection in the present sale.

    3. PR65 PCGS. DiBello Collection (Stack's, 5/1970), lot 448; Crouch Sale (Superior, 6/1977), lot 560; New England (5/1978), lot 920; 1980 ANA (Steve Ivy, 8/1980), lot 869; Bowers and Merena, 1/1994), lot 1601.

    4. Gem Proof. Stack's (10/2003), lot 1109.

    5. Choice Proof. Edward Maris; Garrett Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 3/1980), lot 1064; New England (7/1980), lot 867.

    With this offering, Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin, and Heritage have handled four of the five known examples of Judd-1647, and the present specimen is tied for the finest known. This amazing Premium Gem Cameo proof has brilliant light gray surfaces with deeply mirrored fields that frame the frosty and highly lustrous devices. Some natural planchet rifts are evident on the obverse, but there are no post-striking imperfections on either side.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AJ5, PCGS# 62032)

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2013
    24th-28th Wednesday-Sunday
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