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Lot 2028

1871 Pattern Silver Dollar. Copper, Reeded Edge. Judd-1147. Pollock-1289 High Rarity 6. PCGS graded Proof 65 Brown PQ. CAC Approved. Lovely natural toning on both sides. Pattern collectors delight in the seated Indian Princess designs of 1870-73, and this rare variety highlights the series! Virtually all the survivors have been sent to the grading services, given the current reported populations some force. On offer is a premium gem brown Proof example, the surfaces are fresh and clean, glowing, with exquisite color and a touch of gold shimmering iridescence. One or two lint marks below IN GOD on the reverse are an artifact of the minting process, we note them for accuracy but they in no way compromise the beauty of the piece.

1871 continues the appearance of James B. Longacre's famous Indian Princess design on Pattern coins introduced in 1870. The motif (in modified form) subsequently appeared on later varieties through 1873. Collectors agree that had it been adopted for circulation, the Indian Princess set would have made a beautiful addition to the nation's coinage. The design was by James Barton Longacre, Mint Engraver from 1844 until 1869. Longacre adapted Liberty's head ornamentation in modified form from his 1854 Type 2 and Type 3 gold dollars as well as the similar $3 gold pieces introduced in 1854. Liberty's seated figure faces to the left. At her side, in place of the Union shield is a globe of the world inscribed LIBERTY on a ribbon, the letters of which are raised instead of incuse. Behind are two flags. On the larger denomination (dollar) the initials J.B.L. are below the base at right. Pop 3; 1 finer at PCGS (PCGS # 61409) .
Estimated Value $8,000 - 9,000.

Realized $8,855

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