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    1885 Double Eagle in Aluminum
    Judd-1756, PR65 Cameo
    Ex: Farouk

    1885 $20 Twenty Dollar, Judd-1756, Pollock-1969, R.8, PR65 Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The regular double eagle dies of 1885, but struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. Like many of these off-metal strikings, whether in copper, aluminum, or another metal, they appear on the surface to be die trials. However, such issues were, in fact, delicacies made as part of complete sets for well-connected collectors -- usually outside, but sometimes those employed inside the Mint. In the case of Judd-1756, only two examples are believed to exist.

    The silver surfaces of this Gem specimen are brilliant and frosty, with bold contrast present between fields and devices. There are no obvious signs of contact, although the piece shows a few minor scuffs and grayish toning areas that are not at all bothersome. The devices are fully struck throughout. An important opportunity to acquire this rare late-date double eagle pattern. The next double eagle pattern known after this would be Charles Barber's abortive twenty dollar design struck in gold, the unique Judd-1773 dated 1906.
    Ex: King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt Sale (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 2014; ANA Convention Sale (Abe Kosoff, 8/1966), lot 1239; King of Siam Sale (Bowers and Merena, 10/1987), lot 2260; Auction '88 (Superior Galleries, 8/1988), lot 293; Jascha Heifetz Collection (Superior, 10/1989), lot 3396; Orlando Sale (Stack's, 1/2007), lot 1044; McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Patterns / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2011), lot 5395.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 535347, Base PCGS# 62199)


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