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    Unique and Controversial Bronzed Tin "$50 Die Trial" Piece

    Undated $50 Fifty Dollar Die Trial, Judd Appendix-A (1982 edition), unlisted in Pollock, delisted in 2003 edition of Judd, Unique, PR60 Uncertified. This is a uniface impression of a boldly modeled standing eagle that is holding three arrows in its right (facing) talons and an eight-leaf olive branch in the other. Struck on a thin piece of tin with copper plating over the impression. Some of the original mint red still is evident around the eagle with darker brown patina over the highpoints.
    It was Dr. Hewitt Judd's opinion that this piece was a die trial for the $50 patterns of 1877. The size and robustness of the design clearly suggests a coin of considerable size and grandeur. Little of this piece's previous history is known, and apparently Andrew Pollock as well as the new editors of Judd have decided that its fabric is not consistent with an unequivocal product of the U.S. Mint. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating piece for study purposes.
    Ex: 1958 ANA Sale (Kosoff, 8/58), lot 2051; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 1/01), lot 634, flip accompanies. (#61890)

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61890)

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2004
    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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