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    Possibly Unique 1865 Three-Dollar Restrike in Nickel, Judd-444

    1865 Three-Dollar, Judd-444, Pollock-515, R.8, PR 60 PCGS. Die trials issue using dies from the 1867-68 proofs, struck around 1867. Struck in nickel with a reeded edge. Of the highest order of rarity, this piece is listed as R.8 but it may well be unique. In the Pollock reference, the only coin mentioned is the Farouk specimen. None are listed as being sold since Farouk in '54, with the previous appearances in auction being in three sales in the 1870s and '80s.
    Both sides are toned in streaky rose and gray-lilac hues. For a proof, the fields show little reflectivity, probably because nickel requires more die polishing than gold would. Also, the surfaces have been rather poorly treated over the decades with several prominent scrapes on the obverse, most likely the result of a misguided attempt to determine if this was a plated gold coin. Of great importance to the pattern specialist and an opportunity that is not likely to be repeated again anytime soon. One of the foremost rarities from the pattern collection consigned from Charles City County, Virginia. (NGC ID# 29E5, PCGS# 60444)


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    August, 1996
    14th-17th Wednesday-Saturday
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