Shield Earring Patterns
by Saul Teichman 
as of August 3, 2017

Shield Earring Patterns

This has also been called the ‘Schoolgirl’ design in many sales although today most people prefer to use the Shield Earring designation and leave the ‘Schoolgirl’ designation to J1608-J1610.

The earliest occurrence for this design was the copper set in the June 1886 Maris sale. They are described as being plated in the sale catalog. I believe the dollar went to Doughty (possibly via Woodward’s September 1888 Vicksburg and January 1889 Stetson sales) while the quarter and half went into the Stickney collection. This half apparently ended up in Henry Chapman’s 1909 Zabriskie sale. The first silver set was in the June 1890 New York Coin & Stamp sale of the Parmelee collection where is was purchased by "Clay", ie H.P. Smith. The set then sold in the 1906 Chapman brothers auction to John Story Jenks where it was purchased by Clapp and finally ended up in the Eliasberg collection. The half dollar apparently was sold or lost as it did not appear in the Eliasberg I sale.

It is likely that most known today in silver and copper trace their pedigree to the Woodin collection and were obtained in trade for ‘returning’ the two $50 gold patterns to the mint collection. A partial set was sold in the February 1911 Edgar Adams sale of some of the Woodin duplicates as well as additional examples in both metals in some circa 1913 fixed price lists.

Note: The shield earring appear to be the rarest of the so called name patterns with about 10 struck in silver and at least 6 struck in copper. The order of these from rarest to most common appears to be Shield Earring, Schoolgirl, Amazonian and finally Washlady.

Photo links are provided. To view, click on the Judd / Pollock number.

QUARTERS

J1698/P1900

1) Smithsonian

2) Dibello-Stacks 5/70, Sieck, Fred-B/M 11/95 at $24,200, Hanks 6/97, Higman-Alterman, Alhambra/Hanks, Superior 9/99 at $28,980 (did it sell?), Superior 2/00 at $26,450, Heritage 4/15 – PCGS67, illustrated above

3) Merkin 9/67, Turoff-B/M 3/94 at $14,300 - PCGS64

4) Taylor-NN61st, Bass-HWBRF

5) Judd, B/R 10/76, Sieck-81 ANA, Pollock plate

6) Champa-B/R 5/72, Hughes 1/80, Novoselsky, Alhambra/Hanks, Heritage 10/99 (not sold), Superior 4/00 FPL, Heritage 1/07 at $43,125 – NGC67

7) Gunmetal blue-gray toned example once in possession of Julian Leidman - gem proof

8) Parmelee, H.P. Smith, J.S. Jenks, Clapp, Eliasberg-B/M 5/96 at $30,800, Southern collection, Simpson collection - NGC65

9) Rothchild-Stacks 10/03 at $48,875, Queller-Heritage 1/09 at $126,500 - NGC67

J1699/P1901

1) 1978 Steve Ivy Coin World Ad, Saul Teichman via Renrob at $2800, NY Collection in 1999 - NGC65RB

2) Farouk, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99 at $4370 – PCGS60RB cleaned, lacquered, restored Teletrade 6/7/00, Teletrade 7/31/00, Teletrade 11/29/00, Teletrade 1/31/01 as NGC64RB, Heritage 4/01 inventory, R. Kay, Goldberg 9/03 as PCGS65RB at $26,450, Simpson collection.

3) Hughes 7/80, D.A.Holt - choice proof

4) Crouch-Superior 6/77, Ivy 10/77, 82 ANA - choice proof

5) Kosoff 11/55, Bergin-Stacks 6/84 - gem proof

6) Dibello-Stacks 5/70, Sieck-81 ANA - choice proof

7) Col Green?, Newman-EPNNES, Heritage 4/13 at $31,725 - NGC66BN

HALF DOLLARS

J1700/P1902

1) Smithsonian - Pollock plate

2) Dibello-Stacks 5/70, Bass-HWBRF

3) Turoff-B/M 3/94 at $12,100 - PCGS63

4) Col Green, Taylor (B.G. Johnson 12/13/44 invoice), NN61st 6/70, Fred-B/M 11/95 at $16,500 - PCGS64

5) Judd, B/R 10/76, Sieck-81 ANA - gem proof

6) Hughes 1/80, Hughes 7/80, Novoselsky, Alhambra/Hanks, Heritage 10/99 (not sold), Superior 4/00 FPL, B/M 5/04 at $28,750, M. Hagen as NGC66, private collection - PCGS66

7) Nerca 3/77, Nerca 7/78, Heritage 1/04 at $19,550, Southern collection, Simpson collection - PCGS61

8) Anderson/Dupont-Stacks 11/54, Bergin-Stacks 6/84, Heritage 4/09 - NGC65

9) F.K. Saab, Auction 81, Heritage 2/85 – choice

10) Evans-B/M 8/98 at $9775, StacksBowers 8/17 ANA at $39,950 - NGC64, cleaned

11) Rothchild-Stacks 10/03 at $34,500, Queller-Heritage 1/09 at $27,600 - NGC64

Note: The Parnelee, H.P. Smith, J.S. Jenks, Clapp, Eliasberg was not in ELisaberg I sale - possibly one of above. Col Green owned 3. An example in Heritage inventory 2/99 as NGC64 556266-007 is probably a reoccurrence of #3 or #9.

J1701/P1903

1) T.R. Walsh

2) 53 ANA, Bergin-Stacks 6/84, 93 ANA as PCGS65RB (not sold), Superior 1/94 at $14,575, B/M 11/02 at $25,300 - PCGS66RB

3) Heritage 2/87, Tangible Assets, Teletrade 3/3/93, Marin, Superior 5/94 (not sold), Marin, 94 ANA at $10,120, Heritage 5/2003 at $24,150 - PCGS65BN

4) Johnson, Hughes 7/80-privately, Sieck-81 ANA, Rubin - NGC65RB – stolen

5) Hughes 7/80, Evans-B/M 8/98 at $16,100, R Shippee - PCGS66RB

6) Farouk, Bolender 10/55, Stirling-Heritage 5/09 - NGC62RED, Simpson collection

7) Heritage 8/11 - NGC64BN, possibly one of above

See also Anderson/Dupont-Stacks 11/54; and Lohr, Cox-Stacks 3/62 for additional listings.

DOLLARS

J1702/P1904

1) Smithsonian - Pollock plate

2) Dibello-Stacks 5/70, Bass-HWBRF

3) Ewalt, Turoff-B/M 3/94, A. Terranova at $27,500 - PCGS63

4) Fred-B/M 11/95 at $28,600 - PCGS64

5) Judd, B/R 10/76, Sieck-81 ANA, Kentucky collection, M. Hagen, Virginia collection - NGC64/PCGS64

6) Hughes 10/79?, Auction 82, Auction 90, R. Meek at $35,000, Teletrade 2/6/02, Superior 1/03 at $32,200, Superior 4/04 - PCGS63

7) New York Coin Mart ? at Secaucus NJ 1995 coin show, 97 ANA at $27,025, 2001 ANA (not sold), Heritage 1/07 (not sold) - PCGS63 gray toned

8) Parmelee, H.P. Smith, J.S. Jenks, Clapp, Eliasberg-B/M 5/96 at $85,250, Southern collection, Simpson collection - NGC65/PCGS65

9) Novoselsky, Alhambra/Hanks, Heritage 10/99 at $40,250, Heritage 4/3/01 Internet sale, Heritage 8/01 inventory as NGC64, GreatCollections.com 1/15 at $78,100, Simpson collection - PCGS64

The Lohr coin probably duplicates #4, #6 or #9.

The Jenks, Clapp pedigree on these comes from what is believed to be B.G. Johnson’s named Jenks sale sold by George Kolbe. The Eliasberg half dollar appears to have been misplaced, lost, sold or the pedigree is incorrect (possibly George Clapp or C. E. Clapp).

J1703/P1905

1) Doughty 4/1891, Reed, Durham Museum - ICG66RB possibly the Maris and/or Vicksburg-Stetson coin

2) Stacks privately to David Queller, Heritage 1/09 , M. Hagen at $51,750 - NGC66RB

3) B/R 10/77, Superior 1/89 at $28,875, Superior 10/89 at $30,800, Auction 90 at $26,000 as PCGS64RB with carbon spot in lettering, Virginia collection, Heritage 4/17 at $64,625, Legend - PCGS65RB with spot removed

4) Taylor-NN61st, Hughes 7/80?, Tangible Assets, Teletrade 3/3/93, Marin, Alhambra/Hanks, Superior 4/00 FPL, Heritage 2/01 (not sold), Heritage 5/01 (not sold) as PCGS66RB, ANR 7/05 at $63,250 as PCGS66BN, Simpson collection - PCGS67RB

5) Burke-B/M 5/94 at $24,200, Superior 8/95 (not sold), Superior 3/01 at $29,900, Heritage 1/07 at $51,750, Simpson collection - PCGS66RB

See also: 52 ANA, Farouk (2 specimens-one ex Olsen), Lohr for additional listings which probably duplicate some of above. As there are 7 known of the other denominations, it is likely that 1 or 2 more exist.