Click to enlargeJ1608/P1804

The "Schoolgirl" dollar considered to be one of the most beautiful designs ever. The schoolgirl name dates back to the April 1891 New York Coin and Stamp sale auction of the F.W. Doughty collection and was apparently given by David Proskey. This is noted by Edgar Adams on page 367 of the October 1911 edition of the Numismatist.

Not as rare as previously believed, the following 15 examples are confirmed:

1) Smithsonian

2) Chase Manhattan Bank, Smithsonian

3) Fecht, ANS

4) Woodward privately in 1883, Garrett-JHU, Garrett II at $105,000, I&R Goldberg 2/03 at $97,750 as NGC65, Simpson collection - PCGS65, illustrated below courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg's Coins & Collectibles.

5) Dibello-Stacks 5/70, Bass-HWBRF - proof 64+ - dipped ?

6) Scott-B/R 5/75, Fairfield-B/R 10/77, Rothchild-Stacks 10/03 at $48,300, ANR 10/05 - proof 62, polished

7) Sieck-81 ANA at $28,000 (bought back), Queller-Heritage 1/09 - NGC65

8) Turoff-B/M 3/94 as PCGS62 at $35,200, D. Novoselsky, Kagins, Teletrade 4/10/99, Teletrade 2/9/00 as NGC63 - cleaned, later retoned to Superior 1/03 at $37,950, Superior 7/03 at $34,500 as PCGS63 - identifiable by a nick below the "F" on "OF" on the reverse

9) Judd, Turoff duplicate, Leidman, Virginia collection, Heritage 1/18 FUN - PCGS66 - illustrated below courtesy of Saul Teichman

10) Fred-B/M 11/95, Lustig / Marin at $39,600, Superior 6/99 at $41,400 as PCGS63, Kagins, Teletrade 8/2/99, Teletrade 8/25/99 as NGC64, Bowers and Merena 11/2001 at $48,875, Bowers and Merena 7/02 at $43,700, southern collection, Simpson collection - dipped - illustrated at very top of page, click on thumbnail to see an enlargement

11) Doughty 4/1891 ?, H.P. Smith, J.S. Jenks, Clapp, Eliasberg-B/M 5/96 at $70,400 - NGC65

12) Kreisberg 6/65 ?, Private collection since 1973, Heritage 11/03 at $63,250 - PCGS64 gold and blue toned

13) Superior 9/97 at $35,200, ANR 11/04 - PCGS62 - has a raised dot in the hair behind the eye.

14) Goldberg 2/06 - PCGS65 toning pattern doesn't match any of the above pieces, possibly one of above retoned ?

15) Kentucky collection - NGC65, pink & blue toned, imaged on NGC Explorer website

Many of the known examples have been cleaned.

For complete pedigree information click here. Several others are also available for viewing. Click on the links below.

Examples were also struck in copper J1609/P1805 with over a dozen known and white metal J1610/P1806 with only one example known. It is ex Doughty (1891), Hull (1895), Brand (journal #15133), Boyd, Farouk, Bolender 3/55, Bolender 9/56, Ruby, Gilhousen-Superior 10/73, Crouch-Superior 6/77.

A single obverse splasher, struck in lead, is also known as JA1879-4/P3476.

Photo of the Rogers M. Fred example courtesy of Bowers and Merena.