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    1885 Snowden Dollar in Aluminum
    Judd-1749, PR66 Cameo

    1885 $1 Snowden Dollar, Judd-1749, Pollock-1961, R.7, PR66 Cameo PCGS. The dies are the regular-issue 1885 Morgan dollar dies, but there is experimental edge lettering as follows: * * * * * * E * / PLURIBUS * / UNUM * * * * *. Struck in aluminum with a tripartite collar for the edge lettering. We told the story of the Snowden dollar in our recent Central States auction:

    "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."



    This is a remarkable, bright aluminum striking of this legendary dollar pattern. The devices are heavily frosted and establish a strong cameo contrast against the deep mirroring seen in the fields. Ever so slightly toned over each side, there are no signs of oxidation.
    From The David Cassel Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ALV, PCGS# 62191)


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2015
    12th-16th Wednesday-Sunday
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