1852 $1 J-141 PR (PCGS# 11593)

The March 2012 Baltimore Auction

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1852 Pattern Gold Dollar. Judd-141, Pollock-169. Rarity-7+. Gold. Plain Edge. Proof-64 (PCGS). CAC. The obverse is of a simple design meant to test the concept, not to create an artistic coin for regular issue. At the top is U.S.A. and at the bottom border is 1852. The coin has a fin or thin wire edge at the perimeter, and another&nbsp; from the central punch, both of which served to protect these devices. The reverse has an open laurel wreath tied at the base with a ribbon, with the leaves all parallel and aligned, with the denomination DOLLAR above. Dentils surround the rim. Large plain perforation at the center.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Attractive surfaces and as reflective as these can be. The obverse die was hastily made to pair with the reverse die, as an attempt to test the concept of a perforated gold dollar coin. Natural yellow-gold and pleasing.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;There are about nine to twelve known in all and this is one of the finer examples seen. PCGS has certified just five of these, one below and two above the present coin. All are desirable and seldom offered.<br /> <br /> <strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers</strong><br /> As a specialist in patterns since 1953 -- when I began as a dealer I liked complicated things and, besides, patterns were inexpensive -- I can say that over the years I have handled just a few of these struck in gold. Once again, as so often in our March sale, opportunity is the most important element. Compete for it and it will be in your collection tomorrow. If you let it go it may be years before you have another chance.
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