1879 Patterns by Variety | Patterns by Date

Obverse of Judd 1615       Reverse of Judd 1615

1879 Pattern Silver Dollar

Variety equivalents:
Judd 1615 = Pollock 1811

Rarity: Very Rare

Metal content: Silver

Edge: Reeded

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

Significant examples:
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."

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