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Lot 1675

1879 Pattern Goloid Metric Dollar. Goloid, Reeded Edge. Judd-1626. Pollock-1822 Rarity 4. NGC graded Proof 63. Mostly untoned. A short-lived experiment seen only in these few Pattern coins. Congressmen being congressmen, they are prone to formulating every sort of harebrained plan for bettering mankind's condition. Hubbell's "goloid" metal and metric weights and measures scheme was just such a one, and it was a humdinger. Goloid metal contained a teensy-tiny amount of pure gold; too little to affect the color of the coin which looks suspiciously like plain, ordinary silver. After the Mint struck an assortment of goloid and metric Patterns, the whole idea was dropped. These few scarce pieces are all we have left to remind us of Mr. Hubbell's divine inspiration.
Estimated Value $2,700 - 2,800.

Realized $2,990

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