Undated (1857) Twenty Dollar, Judd-190, Pollock-3158, R.8,...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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(1857) Double Eagle in Copper
Undated (1857) Twenty Dollar, Judd-190, Pollock-3158, R.8, PR64
Brown PCGS. CAC. Uniface die trial of the reverse of the
regular issue 1857 double eagle. Struck in copper with a reeded
edge. This unique reverse trial was produced by passing the
planchet through an 'upsetting machine' both before and after
striking, according to Dr. Judd. The result was to make the coin
very concave. U.S. Mint consultant J.T. Barclay is credited with
the idea, designed to prevent shysters from removing the central
portion of a gold coin and replacing it with platinum. This die
trial has an inconsistent strike, sharp at the centers but
indistinct along the upper border. Parallel roller marks, as made,
are near the D in TWENTY D. The surfaces are toned mahogany-brown
with glimmers of powder-blue in protected areas.
Judd-190, PR64 Brown
Uniface Reverse Die Trial
Unique, Ex: Woodin, Judd
Ex: William H. Woodin; 1914 A.N.S. Exhibit; King Farouk; Dr. J.H. Judd; 250th Mail Sale (Hollinbeck Kagin Coin Co., 11/1964), lot 1501; 283rd Mail Sale (Hollinbeck Kagin Coin Co., 5/1969), lot 181; Matt Rothert Collection (American Auction Association, 11/1973), lot 1269; Anaheim ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/1995), lot 8211; Boyd E. Hayward, M.D. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 9/1997), lot 1551; Chicago ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/1999), lot 7758; Baltimore Signature (Heritage, 7/2003), lot 9932.
Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 11835)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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