Coin Specifications

Category: Patterns & Trial Coins (1792-1863)
Mint: Philadelphia
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1851 J-132 S$1 PF obverse 1851 J-132 S$1 PF reverse

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Description & Analysis

Judd-132, Pollock-159, Low R.7.

Design. Both obverse and reverse dies feature the designs used to coin the 1851 silver dollar restrikes. The obverse can be distinguished from the original 1851 dies because the date is centered. On the original dies the date is slanted upward. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

Commentary. The rarity of the silver dollars of 1851 was recognized by collectors in the earliest days of the hobby. Mint Director James Ross Snowden responded to collector demand by including the 1851 silver dollar in his restrike program in 1859. Silver restrike examples were available right away, but copper specimens appeared on the market only several years later. The first auction appearance of Judd-132 was in the F.S. Edwards Sale (Edward Cogan, 10/1865), lot 1995. The cataloger described the coin in his typical, terse style: "1851, Fine proof. In copper. Silver dollar size." The lot sold for $12, a considerable sum in those days. This issue has remained popular with collectors ever since and always causes excitement in its rare auction appearances. estimates fewer than one dozen specimens exist.

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Total Graded: 9
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66

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1/7/2009 NGC PF 66   Brown Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 1536 $25,300.00
9/19/2010 NGC PF 65   Brown Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2718 $21,850.00
8/11/2011 PCGS PF 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7732 $13,800.00
8/2/2012 NGC PF 66   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5479 $18,800.00
2/17/2013 NGC PF 66   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131309/Lot# 20550 $19,387.50
2/5/2015 PCGS PF 65   Brown Heritage Auctions Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction Session(1), 231507/Lot# 62376 $182.13

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