NGC DISCOVERS PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN PATTERN
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Research Director David Lange identifies unique Plain-Edge variety.
Previously known only with a reeded edge, a rare aluminum pattern dollar of the United States Mint has been confirmed as a unique plain-edge striking. George T. Morgan's design for the goloid metric dollar of 1879 is known in goloid alloy, copper, aluminum and white metal, but all of these varieties feature conventional reeded edges. The newly discovered specimen coined with a plain collar is one of the aluminum impressions
This variety is listed in Dr. J. Hewitt Judd's reference as J-1633 and in Andrew Pollock III's more recent book as P-1830. Pollock assigned a rarity rating of R-7 for aluminum strikings, indicating a total population of between four and twelve coins. Of course, with its plain edge the specimen examined by NGC is presently unique.
This coin was submitted to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's PHOTO PROOF division as part of an "old time collection of patterns," in the words of Alhambra Coin Center's Mal Varner. The collection was assembled during the 1930s and '40s. NGC Research Director David W. Lange spotted the coin's anomalous edge while preparing the text for its PHOTO PROOF and then contacted Andrew Pollock III. Both Varner and Pollock were pleased with the discovery, and this variety will appear as P-1830a in future editions of the Pollock reference. Since the coin hobby still widely uses the older Judd numbering system, this variety will carry the designation J-1633a in any future certifications.
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