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    Pair of Experimental Billon Planchets, Appendix A in Judd, Pollock-3092 and 3095, Unique (?), MS 60. Formerly offered as lot 5560 in our September 1998 Long Beach Sale, where it was described as, "Struck in January 1849 on orders from Mint Director Patterson and forwarded to the House Ways and Means Committee to illustrate the dimensions and metallic characteristics of proposed one and three cent pieces to be struck in billon. These two pieces are planchets for the proposed one cent piece. The Pollock-3092 is a blank planchet with an upset rim and plain edge. It is mostly brilliant with slight traces of patina on each side, but mostly presenting as an untoned piece. The Pollock-3095 has a Roman numeral I stamped off-center with a raised impression from the stamp on the reverse. It also has an upset rim and a plain edge. Heavily toned.
    While these experimental pieces look unassuming, they are certainly rich in numismatic and historical significance. It may be a commonplace among numismatic writers to imagine who might have handled a coin in the past, but the list of important persons that we know of who have handled these two pieces is long and distinguished, from the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Samuel Vinton, to Robert Patterson, to the numismatic luminaries listed in the following pedigrees.
    Pollock-3092 is Ex: Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum.
    Pollock-3095 is Ex: Mickley Collection (10/1867), lot 2176; Cohen Collection (10/1879), lot 1473; Virgil Brand; John J. Ford; ANA Auction (Stack's, 8/76), lot 3706; Metropolitan Washington Sale (Kagin's, 7/79), lot 870; Kagin's (1/81), lot 927; Long Beach Sale (Kagin's, 2/87), lot 2209; Judd plate coin, page 230; Taxay plate coin; Pollock plate coin."

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