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Lot 1035

1885 Pattern Dollar. Aluminum, lettered edge. PCGS graded Proof 66 Cameo. Incredible brilliance and luster. Razor sharp strike (imagine the soft metal being squeezed into every nook and cranny of the dies). Small lamination bubble by OL of DOLLAR. This pattern used the normal dies of an 1885 silver dollar to test a new, experimental, three-part collar developed by Col. A.L. Snowden of the Mint. Snowden was very proud of his invention and showed it to Henry Chapman, who recounted the following anecdote in his 1916 sale of the Bement collection: "A.L. Snowden's invention…which he exhibited to me with great pride; was going to have it patented and revolutionize the World's Coinage until I exhibited to him a crown of Oliver Cromwell, and showed him where Thos. Simon had made a better job of it two hundred and thirty-seven years before. The Col. collapsed forthwith."

PCGS reports two examples in this grade and 1 finer (a Proof-67) (PCGS # 62191) .
Estimated Value $10,000 - 13,000.

Realized $13,225

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