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    1864/1864 Indian Cent, Unlisted Metallurgical Trial Piece. MS 63. Struck from the regular "No L" dies with rounded bust point. This is a previously unsuspected off-metal strike from the year that saw the mint replace nickel in cent coinage. This coin appears to be pure copper with an additive that intentionally, or perhaps accidentally, raises the specific gravity from 8.92 to 9.26. Neither Judd's copper or metal alloys such as tin and aluminum have a density this high. Only Judd-356a is copper and it is struck on a thicker planchet. Weighing 3.15 grams, the present pattern is very near the 3.11 standard adopted in 1864. Probably unique and a worthy candidate for more research and perhaps X-ray analysis. Generally well struck, except on the tips of the feathers in the headdress, with muted reddish-brown color. (PCGS# 61362)

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    July, 1994
    27th-30th Wednesday-Saturday
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