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J1554/P1733/P1737/P1741/P1745

This is the final design of what became known as Barber's rejected dollar in early auction sale catalogs of this pattern. Research of mint archives by Roger Burdette shows that at least 50 pieces were struck between December 1, 1877 & January 2, 1878.

Pollock lists the following die combinations:

J1554-J1555/P1733-P1734 in silver and copper. The aluminum example, listed in Pollock as P1735, doesn't exist.

"On the obverse, there are 5 beads over the Y in Liberty and star 13 is near Liberty's lowest curl and the tip of Liberty's coronet is reasonably centered between the N and G in IN GOD. On the reverse, the upright of B in PLURIBUS is centered under the tip of the right foot of the second T in STATES. The M in UNUM is slightly to the left of center of the M in AMERICA."



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J1554-J1555/P1737-P1738 in silver and copper. The aluminum example, listed in Pollock as P1739, doesn't exist.

On this one, "there are 3 beads over the L in Liberty and the tip of Liberty's coronet is closer to the N in IN.. On the reverse, the upright of the B in PLURIBUS is under the tip of the E in STATES and the M in UNUM runs past the M in AMERICA."



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J1554-J1556A/P1741-P1744 in silver, copper, aluminum and white metal. J1556/P1743 in aluminum is unique. It is in the Durham Museum ex Doughty, Byron Reed. The white metal example J1556A/P1744 is also probably unique and is ex Col Green, Boyd ? (see BG Johnson 1/3/43 invoice), Farouk, Kreisberg 2/60, Sloss, Ivy 5/75, Fairfield-B/R 10/77, Heritage 5/03.

On this one, "the tip of Liberty's coronet is centered and her curl is closer to the date than star 13 and on the reverse, the B in PLURIBUS is centered under TE in states and the M in UNUM is centered under the M in AMERICA."



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The prototype for this design does not have the 2 stars on the reverse at 4:00 and 8:00.



J1554A-J1554B/P1745-P1746 in silver and copper.

In silver J1554A/P1745 3 examples are confirmed, 2 of which grade only extremely fine or thereabouts. One of these sold in Bowers and Merena's 5/94 sale while the other is illustrated in the 9th edition of Judd. There are also at least 4 examples in copper J1554B/P1746.

Photos courtesy of Bowers and Merena and Heritage.