1879 Pattern Silver Dollar
Judd 1615 = Pollock 1811
Rarity: Very Rare
Metal content: Silver
Images courtesy of Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.
1. PCGS Proof-68 (illustrated
above). Ex - Wayne Miller Collection - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins &
Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3,
2000, Lot 603, where it was described (in part) as follows: "Here
is a stunning example of pattern Morgan Silver Dollar. The surfaces
are pristine, and the toning is absolutely gorgeous. Around the
periphery is a deep blue and antique gold color, fading to a lighter
pink hues at the center. Shimmering mirror fields seem to tease the
eye with their perfection, when examined with a loupe. Identical on
the reverse, the bold eagle's breast is fully struck, with
separation on even the tiny pin feathers. As to the toning, it is
perfectly matched to the obverse, deep rings of antique blue and
gold at the periphery, fading to a lighter pink at the centers.
Needless to say, with a grade of Proof 68, you are not about to find
any problems with the surfaces, handling or cleaning or otherwise.
They simply are virtually as struck, aside from the splendid toning.
It is, of course, the finest graded of this rare pattern issue, the
only one graded this high. PCGS has graded others, but the
Population Report appears to be skewed as 6 have been graded as
Proof 67 (we suspect resubmittals here), with a couple of other
single coins noted in lower grades. This problem continues to mount,
and we always stress that buyers must do their own research when
purchasing a coin like this by plate matching all examples
previously listed in auction catalogs. This is a time consuming
process, but it often provides a far more accurate listing of how
many are known, and in what grade they are (currently). We compared
this coin with the 9-68 Merkin Sale, and it appears to be different,
although the coins have similar toning."