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    1857 Quarter Die Trial in Copper
    Judd-188, PR63 Brown

    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.
    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)

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

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