1872 Pattern Three Dollars
Adams-Woodin = Judd 1237 = Pollock 1379
Rarity: Extremely Rare
Metal content: Aluminum
Images courtesy of Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.
1. PCGS Proof-67 (illustrated
above). Ex - Bowers & Ruddy Galleries Garrett sale II,
March 1980, lot 1081 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins &
Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3,
2000, Lot 598, where it was described (in part) as follows: "Obverse
by William Barber, the reverse is his famous Amazonian design.
Liberty is depicted as graceful women with long, flowing hair
spilling forth from under her cap of freedom, which dons the
inscription LIBERTY, surrounded by thirteen stars representing the
original colonies, with the date beneath. The reverse depicts an
eagle with spread wings (similar to that seen on the twenty cent
piece), the right talon holds three arrows, while the left supports
a shield inscribed IN GOD WE TRUST. Identifiable as the Garrett coin
(3/80, lot 1081) by a tiny planchet flake near the rim between the D
and S of UNITED STATES and a faint toning spot on Liberty's neck.
This is the finest coin graded by either service and apparently the
finest known of the variety. Currently, the NGC and PCGS Population
Reports show only 4 coins graded, with the probability of some
duplications, this coin may well indeed still be a Rarity 8 (3 or
Nicer than the recent offering in the John Jay Pittman sale, 10/97,
lot 801, which has been graded PF-66 by NGC...Apparently only 3 of
each denomination was struck in aluminum, and 6 to 8 of each struck
in copper, with a single set struck in gold. A foremost rarity and
one of the most popular pattern issues ever made."