1856 E1/2C Half Cent, Judd-177, Pollock-205, R.5, PR64 NGC....
1856 Copper-Nickel Half Cent1856 E1/2C Half Cent, Judd-177, Pollock-205, R.5, PR64 NGC.
Design. The regular half cent dies of 1856 but, continuing the metallic composition experiments begun in 1850 that would lead to the successful introduction of the copper-nickel small cents, the planchets for these pieces are copper-nickel, either 88:12 or 90:10. Struck with a plain edge.
Commentary. Records indicate two slightly different alloys, but they are impossible to distinguish from each other except by elemental analysis. The pattern variety as a whole, however, should be easily distinguished by the distinctive color of coins produced in copper-nickel alloy, a fact that was not lost on Mint personnel of the era.
Physical Description. Bright, even orange-red color is seen over each side of this attractive, well-balanced pattern. Sharply defined, except on a few of the leaves on the wreath of the reverse. A flashy, deeply mirrored example. NGC Census: 4 in PR64, 2 finer. PCGS Population: 10 in PR64, 3 finer (12/08).
Provenance. Ex: The Montgomery Collection (Bowers & Ruddy, 2/1976), lot 1672.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (PCGS# 11777)
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