1881 1C Liberty Head One Cent, Judd-1665, Pollock-1865, High R.6

The Charles Barber Liberty Head obverse, featuring a head facing left, somewhat similar to the adopted Liberty Head nickel design, but UNITED STATES OF AMERICA rings the obverse in somewhat thick, widely spaced letters, and the bust seems a bit more massive. On the reverse a Roman numeral I is flanked by an agricultural wreath, again similar to the 1883 regular-issue nickel design. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.

The focus shifts for 1881 patterns from the large denominations of the past few years to the smaller one, three, and five cent denominations. Some numismatic commentators have alleged that the Barber Liberty Head is a portrait of the Greek goddess Diana--but like so many "coin tales," the factual basis, if any, is shrouded in the mists of time.

PR64 $3,737.50 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
Liberty Cent Patterns
1881 1C Liberty Head One Cent, Judd-1667, Pollock-1867, Low R.7

Charles Barber's Liberty Nickel obverse is seen here on a One Cent pattern. This same obverse was also used on Three Cent and Five Cent patterns from this year. The reverse is simply laid out with a Roman numeral I in the center, surrounded by a wreath of wheat and cotton. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge.

PR65 $5,865.00 (Jun 2, 2005 HA.com)


1881 1C Liberty Head One Cent, Judd-1666, Pollock-1866, High R.6

Charles Barber's design for a one cent piece with the head later used on the Liberty nickel. The reverse is simply laid out with a Roman numeral I in the center, surrounded by a wreath of wheat and cotton. Struck in copper with a plain edge. Only a dozen or so pieces are known of these copper impressions, and nickel and aluminum (see next lot) variants are also known.

PR66 $3,450.00 (Aug 9, 2007 HA.com)
Source for information and pictures courtesy of  Heritage Coin Auctions
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