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Eastman Johnson's 'Holey' 1884 Cent Pattern
Judd-1721, PR66

1884 1C One Cent, Judd-1721, Pollock-1929, R.5, PR66 NGC. Eastman Johnson's "holey" design for the cent with the center perforated with an irregular circumference. The obverse bears the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA about the upper rim and the date at the bottom. The reverse shows the denomination ONE CENT at the top with an inverted shield and two laurel sprigs below. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. These experimental pieces were intended to make small denomination coinage easier to distinguish by the blind, and thereby to "remedy the inconvenience of similarity in our small coin." An estimated two dozen are believed known in nickel. This is one of the finest with brightly reflective fields and just a hint of golden color on the otherwise brilliant surfaces.
From The Bob Simpson Collection. (PCGS# 62150)

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