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    Circa 1962 Set of Six Bashlow Second Restrike Trial Pieces
    In the Original Plastic Holders

    Circa 1962 Set of Six Bashlow Confederate Cent Second Restrike Trial Pieces. Bertram B861-211 through B861-216. Robert Bashlow, the New York coin dealer, acquired the original Confederate cent dies in 1961, and had the Philadelphia firm of August C. Frank Company produce transfer dies. These so-called trial pieces are each on thick planchets. Peter Bertram discusses the Bashlow pieces in detail in his 2016 reference, Confederate Numismatica.

    Each piece measures 19.1 to 19.2 mm. The six pieces are composed of red fiber (1.1 grams), aluminum (2.1 grams), zinc (5.4 grams), tin (5.5 grams), nickel-silver (6.2 grams), and lead (8.6 grams) according to the original three-piece lucite holders that house each piece. According to Peter Bertram, these are the original holders of issue from Bashlow. While the holders note that 50 sets were issued, it is doubtful that more than a handful of sets have survived in these holders.

    The red fiber and lead pieces are housed in unrecorded red holders, the aluminum piece is housed in an unrecorded blue holder, the zinc piece is housed in an unrecorded green holder, the tin piece is housed in a black holder, and the nickel-silver piece is housed in a white holder.

    These uncertified pieces are Uncirculated, essentially as issued, although with slight toning. Each piece is fully lustrous as struck with no evidence of later problems or imperfections. While these pieces are uncertified, for reference, NGC has certified six red fiber, 10 aluminum, three zinc, eight tin, seven nickel-silver, and five lead. These sets are rarely encountered. We have only handled one other set in the past 27 years.


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