Click to enlargeJ1438/P1581

William Barber's sailors head design. It was also used on 20 cent and eagle patterns of 1875, dollar patterns of 1876 and in 1877 on dime, quarter, half dollar and dollar patterns.

Specimens exists in the following compositions:

J1438/P1581 in gold with 2 known.

1) Woodin, Newcomer, Col Green, Farouk, Wilkison, Auction 84, Trompeter, Heritage 5/05

2) Woodin, V. Brand via E. Adams in 1911 (journal #57881), Armin Brand sold 10/12/1944, Farouk, Wilkison, 81 ANA, Southern collection, Simpson collection.

It is likely that Woodin got these from A.L. Snowden for "returning" the 2 gold half unions to him which were then placed back in the Mint cabinet. For more on that, click here.

J1439/P1582 in copper. About a dozen are known, several of which have been gilted.

J1440/P1583 in aluminum. This is believed to be unique.

J1440A/P1584 in white metal. This is unique and was originally in the Linderman collection. It was probably deliberately struck on his behalf. It later appeared B/R 11/85 Kosoff sale where it was described as porous, nicked and with traces of gilding. It was described as ex-Farouk which may mean it was lot 1939 where it was listed as gilt copper.

Photo courtesy of Heritage.