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    (1820) Reverse Die Trial in White Metal
    J-A1820-1, MS64+
    Only Two Pieces Known

    (1820) 1C Cent, Reverse Die Trial, J-A1820-1, R.8, Restrike, MS64+ PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. Struck out of the Mint, this is a uniface impression of the Newcomb-12 reverse, also used on Judd-28 and Judd-41. Struck in white metal. Undoubtedly this piece was struck, as others of its ilk, by Joseph Mickley. Mickley purchased numerous rusted dies from the Mint as scrap and struck fanciful creations from them. Only two pieces are believed known of this reverse impression. Both trace their original auction appearances to Henry Chapman, the Parsons piece (this one) and the Bascom piece. The surfaces are irregularly brought up, the reverse die appearing to be out of alignment with stronger definition on the upper-left portion of the reverse, while almost none of the peripheral details are seen on the lower-right part of that side. The blank side has a large centering dot and numerous lathe lines (?) around most of that side. The white metal is unoxidized and retains much original brightness.
    Ex: George M. Parsons Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1914); C.H. Shinkle Collection (Morgenthau, 4/1932); James O. Sloss -- Pennsylvania Cabinet (Bowers and Merena, 3/1997), lot 150; Dan Holmes Collection (Goldberg Auctions, 9/2009), lot 533.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 403847)

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2021
    18th-22nd Wednesday-Sunday
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