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Sale 63

Lot 1281

1879 Pattern Dime. Silver, reeded edge. Judd-1584. Pollock-1777. High Rarity 6. NGC graded Proof 66 PQ CAC Approved. Gorgeous iridescent toning on both sides. A gem example of the popular Wash Lady design. Although the new dollar we call the Morgan Dollar had been accepted the year before, ten more Pattern dollars were minted in 1879. C. E. Barber submitted his "Washlady" design not only for the dollar but also for the half dollar, quarter dollar and this dazzling Proof dime. Geo. T. Morgan designed his beautiful "Schoolgirl" Pattern dollar the same year and combined his obverse adopted for the regular silver dollar with other reverses for Pattern dollars, half dollars, quarter dollars and dimes.

An absolutely stunning example almost fully struck. The highest design points on the obverse, including details of Liberty's hair and wreath, are much finer than usual. This issue has been called the Washlady design ever since 1891, when an example in the Francis Worcester Doughty Collection was so-named by New York Coin & Stamp Co. This design, issued in four denominations and two compositions, is one of the most beautiful, and eagerly sought of all Pattern issues. The silver strikes like this Judd-1584 example are the most desirable! Pop 1; 3 in 67, 1 in 68.
Estimated Value $12,000 - 14,000.

Realized $14,950

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