1 Dollar, Pattern, United States, 1879

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One (1) dollar coin, pattern

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United States, 1879

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Obverse Image: Left-facing bust of Liberty as a young girl wearing a headband and bow in her hair.

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Obverse Text: E PLURIBUS UNUM / LIBERTY /1879

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Reverse Image: Defiant eagle, facing left.

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The piece was designed by George T. Morgan, and, while no more successful than any of his other designs, stands in marked contrast to them. Because of the youthful appearance of the Liberty head, this pattern was dubbed the "Schoolgirl" dollar, perhaps as early as the 1890s. The pattern enjoys a rating of low Rarity-7 with perhaps a dozen known. Interestingly, the reverse design was resurrected nearly four decades later, placed on the quarter eagle commemorative coin struck for the Panama-Pacific Exposition.

[reference no. Judd 1608]

Date Made: 1879

Mint: U.S. Mint, PhiladelphiaDesigner: Morgan, George T.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Of Issue: United States

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Related Web Publication: http://americanhistory.si.edu/coins/glossary.cfm

Related Publication: Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms

Credit Line: U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Mint

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.0441.2050Catalog Number: 1985.0441.2050Accession Number: 1985.0441

Object Name: coin

Physical Description: silver (overall metal)0 (overall die axis)0 (overall die axis measurement)struck (overall production method)Measurements: overall: 38.1 mm; 1 1/2 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-affb-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1099788

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