1861 Patterns by Variety | Patterns by Date

Obverse of Judd 285       Reverse of Judd 285

JUDD 285 -
1861 Pattern Eagle in Copper

Variety equivalents:  Adams-Woodin , Pollock 340

Rarity: Extremely Rare

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Significant examples:
1. NGC Proof-66 Brown (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 588, where it was described (in part) as follows: "Regular dies obverse, the reverse similar to the regular dies, but with the addition of GOD OUR TRUST on a ribbon above the eagle. The surfaces are pristine, no handling marks to speak of and the bronzing is intact with its glorious reddish-brown color. Each device is satiny in appearance, and the mirror fields give the coin great contrast.  There is a pair of tiny lint marks in the field below Liberty's chin, curiously the same two lint marks that are visible on the J-287 offered in this sale, the reverse dies are different though, and it would make sense that these would have been made at the same time for comparison of the presentation of the new motto reverse.  This is the finest graded of the variety by either PCGS or NGC, making it almost certainly the finest known of this extremely rare pattern issue."

1861 "God Our Trust" pattern eagle.  PCGS Proof-64 BN.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 1064, "Copper, reeded edge, J-285, P-340, Rarity-7", illustrated, sold for $8,510.00

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