I had to look this one up again, as I was sure I had seen one recently in my research on another subject, and sure enough this very coin was in the Lahrman Collection sold by Abe Kosoff in Feburary, 1963 at the NASC show in Southern California. It sold again in the Grand Central Sale by Paramount in November, 1974 then the last time it sold was by Heritage
at the ANA
Auction in March 2007.
The other known piece is graded even higher at PR-65 Cameo holder by NGC
and has sold 4 times since the 1970's the last sale was in January, 2009 from Heritage
in their Queller II sale. The PR65 example I believe, doesn't have the eye appeal of this MS62, as it has quite a few tiny flyspecks of carbon spotting around the headdress.
If you compare the two I think you'll agree. Here is the Heritage
Queller Sale link:https://coins.ha.com/itm/patterns/1...1121-1617.s?
According to my friend Rick Snow from his Vol. 1 Attribution Guide 1856-1877 had this to say;
The Flying Eagle series was unusual in that the head die was made on the anvil die. This changed in 1859 where the head die was made on the hammer die. This made the production of the twoheaded coin between these designs a simple, if unusual, task.
An interesting explanation of how this fantasy coin could have been made with two obverse dies.
The Lee Lahrman collection of Indian Head cent
patterns contained a set of copper-nickel cents (15 of them total Lot #918) which he put together over many years. The set included cents from 1856 to 1869. It was sold as one single lot with the 14 other patterns. It was then broken up in the Grand Central sale by Paramount in 1974 where they were all sold separately.
Link to the Kosoff, NASC Lahrman Auction Catalog:https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/aucti...ionId=527512
The Lahrman sale had so many incredible coins in it, it's become one of my favorite sales which I've researched lately, also containing the ultra rare 1864 Small Motto proof Two Cent
, a couple of $4 gold Stellas and many patterns and early proof sets, it's worthy of a look through just to see the many incredible coins he had in his collection.
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Edited by westcoin
01/19/2021 11:36 pm