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1857 Quarter Die Trial in Copper
1857 P25C Quarter Dollar, Judd-188, Pollock-225, Low R.7, PR63
Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The obverse is the regular-issue
Seated Liberty quarter from 1857, while the reverse is from an
incomplete die that shows UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and QUAR. DOL.
around the rim in a smaller font than on the regular issues, with
the letter Q shaped much differently. The center of the reverse is
blank. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Judd describes this
pattern as the first work by Anthony Paquet, and USPatterns states
it might be a setup piece for his ten dollar design the following
year, Judd-221. About a dozen examples are know on both thick and
thin planchets. The Q in QUARTER is noticeably thin and squeezed,
with a long serif descending from the center of the letter. Both
sides offer subtle reddish-gold coloration, with a dollop of sage
added to the reverse. A few reeding marks are noted in the center
reverse, signs of contact with other coins (of the same issue, one
might assume), but otherwise the surfaces are splendid and
attractive, with a bold strike and excellent appeal.
Judd-188, PR63 Brown
Ex: Stack's unknown auction, lot 2031, PR62 Red and Brown PCGS; Lemus-Queller / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1550.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29B7, PCGS# 11825)
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