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    1922 Grant With Star Gold Dollar, PR65
    Judd-2025 Variant, Bronze Die Trial
    Only Verified Example

    1922 G$1 Grant With Star Gold Dollar, Judd-2025, Pollock-2066, PR65 NGC. Unique.
    This fascinating piece is a die trial for the 1922 Grant With Star gold dollar, struck from the regular dies on an oversized brass or bronze planchet. The 1922 Grant gold dollar and silver half dollar were struck to commemorate the 100th anniversary of President Ulysses S. Grant's birth. The Ulysses S. Grant Centenary Memorial Association was the sponsoring organization and the design was conceived by famous sculptress Laura Gardin Fraser. Congress authorized the striking of 10,000 gold dollars and 250,000 half dollars. The Grant Centenary Association requested that 5,000 gold dollars be struck with a star added to the basic design, following the lead of the distributors of the Alabama and Missouri half dollars. Inadvertently, 5,000 pieces of the Grant half dollar were also struck with the star added.

    Experts are divided over whether this piece represents a legitimate trial piece struck to test the dies before striking the gold dollar, or a fantasy piece produced clandestinely in later years. It is almost certainly unique on the oversized planchet, and mentions in the literature are almost as rare as the item itself. The only auction appearance we can locate was in lot 3714 of the ANA Convention Auction (Stack's, 8/1976):

    "Grant Gold Dollar Die Trial. 1922. Obverse and reverse of the Grant Commemorative gold dollar, regular dies, variety with obverse star, struck upon a broad (23.20 mm.) bronze alloy coin blank. Uneven impression. See Judd, Appendix A ("Die Trials"), p. 239 (where the brass Lohr specimen, obv. normal, rev. incuse hub impression, on a narrow, cracked planchet, lot 2041, 1958 ANA Convention sale, is described and pictured); different than Scott (Taxay) EP1349, 1351. Tarnished Uncirculated. Ex: Farran Zerbe, F.C.C. Boyd. Of unusual interest! Unique."



    The lot realized $1,000, a very strong price at the time. As indicated in the description, this issue is easily mistaken for other die trials of the 1922 Grant dollar, and the standard reference books have been confused about its specifics. It was not mentioned in the Judd reference before the sixth edition, and Pollock (P-2066) was not sure if the dies were the variety with or without the star. The current edition of the Judd reference shows the obverse image and a partial description of this piece under the J-A1922-10 designation, and lists a description of the reverse under designation J-A1922-12. Until now, no one realized these two designations were actually two sides of the same coin. Pattern specialist Saul Teichman believes this piece is actually an example of Judd-2025, struck on an oversized planchet (see USPatterns.com). Anthony Swiatek acquired this specimen shortly after the 1976 auction, and the variety is mentioned on page 89 of his Encyclopedia of United States Silver and Gold Commemorative Coins 1892-1954.

    This impressive Gem exhibits glossy well-preserved medium brown surfaces that retain much original luster. The design elements are well-detailed, but the strike is slightly off center, with a broad rim on one side of the impression, and the legends slightly clipped on the other. This mysterious trial piece combines intense historic interest with high technical grade and outstanding eye appeal. It has not been publicly offered in 38 years and it may not become available again for a generation, if ever. A terrific prize for the advanced pattern collector.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 62401)


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2015
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
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