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    1885 Snowden Dollar in Aluminum
    Judd-1749, PR65

    1885 $1 Snowden Dollar, Judd-1749, Pollock-1961, Low R.7, PR65 PCGS. The obverse and reverse dies are the from the regular-issue 1885 Morgan dollar, but an experimental edge has been used with the legend: * * * * * * E * / PLURIBUS * / UNUM * * * * *. Struck in aluminum with a tripartite collar for the edge lettering. The so-called Snowden dollars were struck as an anti-counterfeiting measure. The edge was struck from a novel three-part collar that produced raised edge lettering on the coin. Considerable experimentation went into the production of these pieces, and on June 12, 1885 Snowden and his staff succeeded in getting the mechanism to work at normal production speeds of 80 to 100 coins per minute. Snowden retired at the end of the year, and left placement of the raised lettering to his successor. Director Burchard left office around the same time, and no one remained in the Mint who had Snowden's insight, ability, or willingness to experiment to carry his project forward to completion. The tripartite collar was not used again until 1907 when Augustus Saint-Gaudens' double eagles went into production. As with most aluminum patterns, the fields are exceptionally bright and mirrored. Slight haziness is present on each side with ever-so-slight darkening of the metal over the eagle on the reverse.
    Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2015), lot 5547, where it sold for $12,925. (NGC ID# 2ALV, PCGS# 62191)


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

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    December, 2018
    13th-14th Thursday-Friday
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