An 1842 Seated
Liberty, Small Date quarter dollar graded Proof 64 Cameo by Numismatic Guaranty
Corp. sold for $88,125 and was the top lot at Heritage’s March 3
to 6 auctions held during the American Numismatic Association National
Money Show in the auction firm’s hometown of Dallas. The rarity
previously brought $126,500 when offered at Heritage’s April 19,
2008, Central States Numismatic Society auction and is
one of just six confirmed examples. In total the auction brought more
than $8 million.
Here is one of three other lots that caught my eye.
1871 Indian Princess dollar pattern, Proof 66 brown
The U.S. Mint stayed busy in the 1870s producing a wide variety of
patterns, both to test new designs, compositions and even
denominations, and also to provide treats for collectors and satisfy
collector demand in the marketplace.
One of the more handsome designs of this era is the “Indian
Princess” design, with a seated Liberty similar to the one seen in the
contemporary Seated Liberty design introduced in the 1830s, but
wearing an Indian headdress and sitting on a more complex arrangement
of items including a flag, a globe, and grain.
Heritage writes, “Implemented by William Barber after James
Longacre’s death, this Indian Princess design is a favorite among
pattern collectors and available in a number of metals, edges, and
The design was struck in a high relief, providing more of a medallic
appearance than often seen, and this example — listed as Judd 1148 and
Pollock 1290 in the references to the pattern series — is struck in
copper. Graded Proof 66 brown by PCGS, it sold for $9,987.50.
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