1859/1859 INDIAN HEAD CENT MULE
Adams-Woodin 318A = Judd 229A =
This two-headed mule, struck from regular dies in copper-nickel, was
recently rediscovered and is the subject of an upcoming article in the
September 18, 2000 edition of Coin World.
This coin is believed to be ex - S. H. Chapman's sale of the "Gable
collection", Lot 1532, where it realized $20.00 - a huge sum for that
time. It was purchased by Edgar H. Adams of Adams and Woodin fame.
It was later listed as AW-318A in Green and Hewitts 1940 Priced Catalog of
US Pattern Coins. It was also listed in the Mule section of Taxay's 1976
Saul Teichman of the U.S. Patterns website has assigned it the following
Judd and Pollock numbers: Judd 229A and Pollock 273A.
coin will appear in Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale",
October 3, 2000, Lot 4017A.
Images courtesy of Superior
ANACS MS-60, filed.
Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000,
Lot 4017A, where it was described as follows: "Minor file marks at
the left rim (on the "first" obverse) and designated "2
Headed Mule" and "filed" on the encapsulation. Mirror-like
surfaces are lightly toned. Fully struck devices offer an impressive
appearance. This coin has been carefully preserved since its time of
issue, and other than the aforementioned trivial rim blemish, exhibits
virtually no handling and minimal light hairlines. Die rotation is
approximately 170 degrees, giving the coin nearly a "medal
twist," as opposed to the configuration of a normally struck
coin. In this era of modern commemorative George Washington
Quarter/Sacagawea mules, this coin stands alone as the original
Mint produced mule, struck more than 140 years ago. Although rumored
to exist for decades, until surfacing this spring, no one we talked to --
including the staff at ANACS, where it was recently authenticated and
graded -- had encountered one. The most experienced error specialists are
utterly amazed by its discovery. While numismatics is full of surprises,
one of the alluring aspects of the hobby has always been the appearance of
a "new," previously unknown great rarity. Once this
monumental coin has been sold, its legendary status will be assured."
@ $33,350.00 - Legend Numsimatics