Click to enlargeJ126/P148

Longacre's second double eagle design struck in 1850. This obverse die was created as a replacement for the high relief one used to strike the unique 1849 double eagle J117/P132 which supposedly didn't stack properly.

This obverse die, which shows a central dot near Liberty's ear and a recut star 8 was rejected and a third obverse die was later created. The reverse appears to be the same used on the 1849 double eagle with thin rays under the 'D' in UNITED.

These dateless coins were as follows:

Silver J126/P148 with only 2 known:

1) Judd, NERCA 79 ANA, Bowers and Ruddy Rare Coin Review #38, Auction 89, Queller-Heritage 1/09 - NGC62.

2) Champa, Bowers and Ruddy 5/72, Evans, Bowers and Merena 8/98, Southern Collection, Simpson Collection - PCGS64 and is the illustrated example.

Copper J126A/P148A with only the gilt Woodside, Woodin, Newcomer, Kosoff in 1971, Harry W. Bass Jr. Research Foundation confirmed. Its specific gravity turned out to be 8.92 per Lawrence J. Lee, curator of the ANA Museum on 9/5/2002. To view this piece, click here. This copper pattern was apparently listed under 1859 in error as J259/P309.

Photo courtesy of Bowers and Merena.