This is one of two patterns using this undated Indian head obverse on a wide planchet. On this it is combined with a reverse with large shield and thick oak wreath, that, according to Pollock, differs from any used on regular coins. It has a prominent central dot.
This is one of several patterns using the Indian head design. For some correspondence by Longacre regarding this obverse as a replacement for the flying eagle, click here and for description of the use of pointed feathers in the headdress, click here.
Pollock lists this under 1859 whereas Judd lists it under 1858.
Only the Newcomer and Brenner-1914 ANS exhibit, Brand coins believed to exist. Its first occurrence was lot 853a in the January 1863 B. Haines sale.
A splasher of this reverse die without the dentilation and struck in white metal, JA1858-2/P3167, is in the collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia.
Photo is a scan from the Bowers and Ruddy June 82 Harbor sale.