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    (1965) Martha Washington Die Trial Medal
    J-2131, Copper-Nickel Alloy, MS64

    "1759" (1965) Martha Washington "Half Dollar," Judd-2131, Pollock-2083, R.8, MS64 NGC. A rare 1965 trial striking, utilizing the Mint's test dies depicting Martha Washington, Mount Vernon, and the date 1759. As the design bears no denomination and also lacks the other mandatory legends, these trial pieces are technically medals, and not coins. This fantasy design was used to test various coinage alloys in 1965, following the discontinuance of 90% silver coinage. The half dollar-size pieces were struck in multiple alloys, but only a few variations are known to exist today, and these in very limited numbers. At the writing of United States Pattern Coins, tenth edition, no examples of Judd-2131 were known to survive, though this piece has since been authenticated. The coin is struck in a composition of 75% copper and 25% nickel, similar to what was ultimately adopted for coinage. A touch of light golden toning blankets flashy silvery-gray surfaces, with well-defined motifs. Prominent clash marks are noted on the reverse.

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