||1868 $1 Dollar, Judd-652, Pollock-725, Low R.7, PR64 Cameo NGC. This silver dollar pattern is struck in aluminum with a reeded edge from the regular-issue dies for the year. Until the mid-1880s, when a new process to separate aluminum from its ores caused the price of the metal to plunge, aluminum was considered a precious metal. Today aluminum is common, but pattern silver dollar coinage remains quite precious to a large subset of pattern specialists. This aluminum silver dollar pattern is one of eight certified in all grades of this issue between NGC and PCGS combined (8/14). Well-preserved surfaces are doubly impressive when seen on a large-format coin such as this attractive specimen. Part of a complete 16-piece aluminum proof set. Ex: Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch (circa 1868); McCulloch family; Eric Newman; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $9400.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.