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    1911 Fraser Electrotype, Lincoln Portrait
    J-C1911-2, MS65, Ex: Sieck
    Judd and Taxay Plate Coin

    1911 5C James Fraser Studio Electrotype, Judd-C1911-2, MS65 NGC. A uniface design trial by Fraser, intended for a five-cent piece. The design features a profile of Abraham Lincoln, facing left, with LIBERTY along the left border and the date, 1911, along the right border. While this is not an actual product of the Mint, its importance in the history of American numismatics is obvious. White metal with a plain edge. Probably unique. Rich, reddish-gold color.

    A June 13, 1911 letter from James Earle Fraser to Mint Director George E. Roberts is quoted in part by Pollock: "I think your idea of the Lincoln head is a splendid one and I shall be very glad to make you some sketches as soon as possible and let you see them. I think they should be reduced to the actual size of the coin; otherwise we will not be really able to judge them, even in the sketch period. I will have that done here, where I can watch the process."
    Ex: James Fraser estate; Jerry Cohen; 1981 ANA Auction (Bowers and Ruddy, 7/1981, lot 2423; Denver Platinum Night Auction (Heritage, 8/2006), lot 5805; Judd plate coin; Taxay plate coin. (PCGS# 1149022)


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

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    August, 2014
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