Unique and Highly Important Gold Pattern Coins From The Bob R. Simpson Collection Come to Market

One-Of-A-Kind $10 1863 Judd-349 Worth $1,250,000 Highlights Legend Rare Coin Auctions Regency Auction 51 In April.

by Legend Auctions | Published on February 17, 2022

Lincroft, NJ (February 17, 2022) – Legend Numismatics and Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) are pleased to announce that two truly unique numismatic rarities with long and storied pedigrees, the 1863 J-349 Eagle and the 1865 double eagle both struck in gold, will be available for sale from the incomparable Bob R. Simpson Collection, the largest, finest, most complete privately owned cabinet of pattern coinage. Among the greatest pattern rarities ever available for sale, the 1863 $10 J-349 is the only known to have survived and will be a featured highlight of LRCA’s Regency Auction 51 in April valued at $1,250,000. With just two known, the other being the one permanently impounded in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Numismatic Collection, the 1865 $20 Judd-452 will be available for private sale at $5,500,000 through Legend Numismatics. The coins earlier provenances date back to some of the most important collections of the 19th and 20th centuries.

“It has been an honor to have been entrusted by our friend and client, Mr. Simpson to offer these treasures to collectors,” said Laura Sperber, Owner of Legend Numismatics and Founding Partner of Legend Rare Coin Auctions. “Among all the Patterns, Die Trials, and Experimental pieces cataloged by generations of numismatists using Dr. J. Hewitt Judd’s numbering system, those struck in gold are often the rarest and most coveted. Many of them are unique and impounded either in institutional museum collections, or in advanced collections that rarely ever make it onto the market. This is an exciting opportunity not to be missed by collectors.”

$10 1863 J-349. PCGS PR64 CAMEO. The pattern eagle was struck in gold by George Eckfeldt on August 2, 1863 and was delivered to the Chief Coiner Lewis R. Broomall. The obverse die was the regular proof die of 1863, while the reverse of J-349 features the motto “GOD OUR TRUST” in a ribbon in the field above the eagle. From Chief Coiner Broomall, this coin went into the Colonel Mendes I. Cohen Collection, which was sold by Edward Cogan in October 1875, lot 1339 for $17. The exceedingly rare coin was sold over the years to the Heman Ely Collection, W. Elliot Woodward, T. Harrison Garrett Collection, Robert Garrett Collection, John Work Garrett Collection, and at one time was donated to Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins sold this coin in Bowers & Ruddy’s March 1980 auction where it appeared as lot 1088 and it sold for $57,500. It later appeared in Superior’s January 1988 sale of the A. Bernard Shore Collection, lot 4286, where it sold for $150,000. Sometime later it was purchased by the same collector who owned the J-452. About a decade ago, the family of that collector reached out to Sperber, and she arranged the sale to Bob R. Simpson, where it has remained in the Bob R. Simpson Collection ever since. This will be the first time in over 34 years that the coin will be available at auction. PCGS values the treasure at $1,250,000, but since the characteristics allow it to be positively identified as the only example known to survive this museum caliber rarity could easily be exceeded at auction.

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$20 1865 J-452. PCGS PR65+ DCAM. The design is that of a regular 1865 double eagle, with the exception of the reverse die is Type II, which was not struck for commercial use until 1866. Essentially free of any signs of mishandling, the unevenness of the punching of IN GOD WE TRUST on the reverse die adds character and charm to this spectacular rarity. This coin comes from a long pedigree of numismatic royalty including Mason & Co. auction, June 1870, lot 422; William H. Woodin Collection; Waldo C. Newcomer Collection; F.C.C. Boyd Collection; A. Kosoff, sold to King Farouk of Egypt; Sotheby's "Palace Collection", February 1954, lot 290; Dr. John Wilkison Collection; Paramount; A-Mark; Superior’s Session of “Auction ‘90”, August 1990, lot 1468, where it sold for $440,000; Andy Lustig; Superior’s August 1991 sale, lot 957; private collection; sold to the Bob R. Simpson Collection about a decade ago via private treaty sale with Legend Numismatics serving as agent for Mr. Simpson. Legend Numismatics is asking $5,500,000.

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 51 Central States Numismatic Society Show will take place at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel in Schaumburg, IL on April 28, 2022 and is available for live bidding online to qualified registered bidders. To inquire about the $20 1865 please contact Legend Numismatics at legend@legendcoin.com, 800-743-2646, or visit www.legendnumismatics.com

About Legend Rare Coin Auctions

Founded in 2012, Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) is the country’s leading boutique numismatic auction company dedicated to developing the world’s greatest coin collections. The firm has sold numerous important collections and American numismatic treasures resulting in world-record setting prices. Each auction is curated with the finest handpicked collectible coins and world-class rarities by a team of numismatic auction industry veterans who bring an unprecedented level of quality dealings, trust and satisfaction. Fully transparent with customers, every coin in every auction is examined by at least two knowledgeable graders. For more information visit www.legendauctions.com

About Legend Numismatics

Legend Numismatics is the premier rare coin dealership in the United States. The trusted firm is the exclusive dealer to the country’s top tier collectors and has placed more million-dollar coins than any other in the industry. Legend Numismatics handles everything from common GEM Morgan Dollars to classic rarities such as the finest 1913 Liberty 5C. Each coin is certified by Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), a coin grade verification service. For more information visit


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