1842 LIBERTY SEATED S$1, NO MOTTO PR65
GEM PROOF. LIGHT IRIDESCENT BLUE HUE. EST 15 STRUCK. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
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In 1842, James Shields challenged Abraham Lincoln to a duel after the future president publicly mocked the Illinois auditor’s belief that taxes should be paid in precious metals. According to tradition, the challenged party was able to choose the weapons of the duel, of which Lincoln chose cavalry broadswords. On the day of the duel, Lincoln slashed through a tree branch in front of Shields, demonstrating his immense power. At this sight and at the encouragement of his friends, Shields called a truce and the duel was never fought. Could this 1842 silver dollar have been in the pockets of one of the bystanders during this event?