William Barber's depiction of Liberty seated to left with pole and Phrygian cap, on a globe with plow handles behind, reverse with standing eagle holding shield, IN GOD WE TRUST on ribbon in beak. This is a vivid, generally medium orange example that also reveals swirls of even more colorful golden-olive and reddish pink iridescence here and there in the fields. A fully executed strike is a praiseworthy attribute, while on the debit side we note a curiously bright appearance and considerable hairlining from mishandling. Also enhancing the coin's visual appeal is freedom from sizeable or otherwise singularly distracting marks. One of just two examples of Judd-1301 certified by PCGS, the other called Proof-64 RB. The last appearance of this particular specimen was in our (Stack's) 75th Anniversary sale, November 2010, lot 4677; the uspatterns.com website notes this piece as the Brand, Farouk, Dibello, Champa, and Harte specimen. A rare opportunity.
Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers
One can’t be choosy when seeking an example of Judd-1301, as once this piece is sold it may be many years before another appears. It would be nicer to have the Proof-64 RB coin, but it is not available and is not likely to reappear on the market for a long time.
From the Samuel J. Berngard Collection.