1855 1C J-167 Original, BN PR (PCGS# 11709)

The June 2011 Baltimore Auction

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    Stack's Bowers
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Lot Description
1855 Pattern Flying Eagle Cent. Judd-167, Pollock-193. Rarity-5. Proof-65 BN (NGC). 1858 Pattern Flying Eagle Cent. Judd-193, Pollock-236. Rarity-5. Proof-63 (PCGS). 142.4 grains. A hook neck eagle flies left on the obverse with 13 stars around the border and the date 1855 below. The reverse exhibits the denomination ONE CENT in the center surrounded by a laurel wreath with the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the border. Struck in copper (100%, as denoted on the NGC insert) on a jumbo planchet with a plain edge.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;An intriguing piece, the weight of this&nbsp;coin dwarfs that of all other examples of Judd-167 of which we are aware. Most examples weigh somewhere in the range of 90 to 100 grains, and the heaviest specimen listed in the 1994 reference <em>United States Patterns and Related Issues </em>by Andrew W. Pollock III weighs&nbsp;in at only 112 grains. Also of note is the fact that there is no evidence of either clashmarks or the diagonal die line on the reverse between the letters NI un UNITED that&nbsp;are seen on most examples.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The striking quality of this coin is truly impressive, both sides fully delineated over even the most intricate elements of the design. The fields are aglow with modest, yet appreciable reflectivity, and they also reveal myriad die polish lines (as made) that should not be confused with detracting hairlines or other handling marks. Bathed in rich rose-brown color, and sure to serve as a centerpiece in the finest pattern collection. Rarity-5 overall as a type, yet almost certainly unique for a Judd-167 example struck on such a heavy planchet.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The following commentary is provided by a pattern specialist who has compiled an impressive amount of information on this specimen:<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Though never mentioned in any of the Judd book's
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