1852 $1 J-138 Thick PR (PCGS# 11581)
The November 2011 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 9061
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Silver. Plain edge. USA above center hole, 1852 below. Reverse with fancy laurel wreath branches around hole, the periphery deeply scored by lathe marks. Reflective steel gray with deep navy highlights. Magnified scrutiny provides the viewer with the crushed letters of UNITED STATES from 7 o'clock to 11 o'clock, along with the top outline of Liberty's head attached to the upper right serif of the U in USA. OF from the host coin is plain between the S and A, and faint traces of AMERICA are seen along the viewer's right rim. Traces of the 0 of the host coin's date can be seen attached to the back of the 2 in the pattern's date. The <em>uspatterns.com </em>website relates: ""Several of these are known to have been struck over Seated Liberty dimes, at least one of which is dated 1860;"" whether the present pattern is the piece in question is unknown to the writer (FVV), though the absence of the first three numerals, 186, probably discounts this piece as the specimen mentioned at the website. Indeed, depending on when these restrikes were actually produced -- no mention is made in the Ninth Edition (2005) of the Judd reference or at the <em>uspatterns.com </em>website as to the year the patterns were actually struck -- the undertype could be an 1870 dime, or if later still, an 1880 or 1890 dime, though the latter two dates seem a little far-fetched. Truly, about as neat an item as can be found within the pattern discipline, and a rarity that deserves special bidding attention when the auction action begins.<br /> <br /> <strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers</strong><br /> What an interesting coin this is! Its curiosity factor is superb, and, of course, its historical importance in terms of numismatics is unquestioned, and its rarity is extreme. It may well be many years before a similar piece appears in one of our sales.