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    1882 Shield Earring Dollar in Silver
    Judd-1702, PR64+ Cameo

    1882 $1 Shield Earring Dollar, Judd-1702, Pollock-1904, Low R.7, PR64+ Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The crown-sized version of George Morgan's famous "Shield Earring" design. Featured on the obverse is the head of Liberty facing right, her hair held down "like a skull cap" by a band with LIBERTY inscribed on it. At the very center of the design, Liberty wears her signature shield-shaped earring. The reverse shows a defiant eagle clutching an olive branch and arrows. The statutory requirements are scattered about each side in the usual places. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. The Shield Earring series is one of the most popular patterns, along with the Amazonian, Washlady, and Schoolgirl series. All are popular and widely collected. The Shield Earring is just a bit more available than the other "named" pattern series; yet when offered examples from the Shield Earring series always bring surprisingly high prices, surely a testament to George Morgan's skillful design. Only nine examples of this Judd number have been traced.

    For the 19th century background of the Shield Earring design we turn to USPatterns.com where a recent essay by Saul Teichman mentions the first auction appearance. (Note the heavyweight names in this paragraph.)

    "The earliest occurrence for this design was the copper set in the June 1886 Maris sale. They are described as being plated in the sale catalog. I believe the dollar went to Doughty (possibly via Woodward's September 1888 Vicksburg and January 1889 Stetson sales) while the quarter and half went into the Stickney collection. This half apparently ended up in Henry Chapman's 1909 Zabriskie sale. The first silver set was in the June 1890 New York Coin & Stamp sale of the Parmelee collection where is was purchased by "Clay", ie H.P. Smith. The set then sold in the 1906 Chapman brothers auction to John Story Jenks where it was purchased by Clapp and finally ended up in the Eliasberg collection. The half dollar apparently was sold or lost as it did not appear in the Eliasberg I sale."


    The surfaces display an instantly recognizable cameo-like appearance. The devices are heavily frosted with deeply reflective fields, and both sides show even golden-rose toning.
    Ex: Novoselsky; Alhambra/Hanks; E-Fair Signature (Heritage, 10/1999), lot 5770; GreatCollections.com 1/2015.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 537351)


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    August, 2021
    18th-22nd Wednesday-Sunday
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