1859 $20 Judd-257a, Pollock-305, Unique, Gilt, PCGS PR65 'CAC'

$239,650.00 USD

Ex: Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection. A seated figure of Liberty faces left on the obverse supporting a fasces with her right hand and a shield with her left. An eagle is standing behind the shield. The denomination 20 DOLLARS, the date, 1859, and the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA are within a heavy oak and laurel wreath. Both designs were created by Anthony Paquet. Struck in copper with a plain edge, subsequently gilt. About 20 examples of Judd-257 exist, but this is the only one with a plain edge. All others feature a reeded edge.

This unique Judd-257a representative exhibits rich golden-yellow color without any loss of gilding. Just a couple of superficial hairlines are noted. Tremendous eye appeal and a once-in-a-generation opportunity for serious pattern specialists.

Ex: King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 1759; Gaston DiBello Collection (Stack's, 5/1970), lot 503.

From The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Core Collection, Part I.