Click to enlargeJ1609/P1805

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.

Examples are known as follows:

1) Burke-B/M 5/94 at $49,500, Alhambra/Hanks as PCGS66RED, Genaitis-2001 ANA at $57,500 now NGC68RED, Kagins, R. Kay, ANR 1/04 (not sold), Simpson collection - PCGS67RED

2) Alhambra/Hanks at 97 ANA offered for $75,000 - NGC66RED 696230-002, Higman-Alterman, Alhambra at 2002 ANA, Heritage 1/07 at $74,750, Virginia collection - PCGS66RED - illustrated above

3) Empire Coin Co, unknown intermediates, Lustig, Superior 10/89 at $44,000 as proof 66

4) Dibello-Stacks 5/70?, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99 at $32,200, B/M 7/02 at $39,100, Southern collection as PCGS64RB, Simpson collection - PCGS65RB

5) Lohr, Davidson-B/R 11/76, Nerca 3/77, B/R 10/77 choice proof

6) Higgy, Taylor-NN61st, Stacks 3/99 at $17,250, NE Numismatics 4/99 Coin World Ad PCGS67BN

7) Hughes 7/80 choice proof

8) Heritage 4/97 FPL at ~$37,000, 8/97 FPL at ~$42,000, Heritage 9/97 at $18,375?, Heritage 9/97-2/98 FPL - PCGS64RED

9) B/M 8/96 at $35,200 as PCGS64RB, B/M 11/01 as NGC66RB at $32,200, Heritage 1/07 at $57,500 - same as #5?

10) Superior 2/82 MBS - proof 60 same as #7?

11) Heritage 9/06 - NGC66RB - possibly one of above.

12) Queller-Heritage 1/09 at $37,375 - NGC63BN, Pollock plate, possibly one of above.

13) Heritage 4/09 - NGC63RED - possibly one of above.

These were also struck in silver J1608/P1804 with 15 confirmed and in 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.

For pedigree information in all metals, click here

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

Photo courtesy of Larry Hanks.