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Lot 3094

1879 Pattern Dime. Silver, reeded edge. J-1584, Low Rarity-6. NGC graded Proof 68. A remarkable coin that can only be described as stunning! Technically perfect, visually perfect, this coin has everything going for it -- except that the cameo contrast isn't mentioned on the holder! The high points on both sides are a soft blue color and the outer rims are blessed with an iridescent wine-red color. Turn this coin at just the right angle under a light source and the colors "snap" and the fields become blinding. Oh, what a coin!
In the latest edition of the Judd Pattern book, editor Q, David Bowers disputes the "Washlady" nickname, pointing out correctly (and we agree), that no Washlady was ever made up as nicely as the lady is here. Bowers renames this the "Society Lady" design, but we haven't confirmed whether this was an old appellation or one of his making!
This is the one and only PR-68 example graded thus far by NGC (nor do we expect any soon). None have been graded finer by either NGC or PCGS. Estimated Value $25,000 - 30,000


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