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1836 Two Cent Piece in Billon
1836 P2C Two Cents, Judd-52, Pollock-55, Low R.6, PR65 PCGS.
Ex: Simpson. The obverse features a small eagle with outstretched
wings standing on a cloud, with the peripheral legend UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA and 1836 below. The A in STATES is punched over an
erroneous E. The reverse bears the denomination TWO CENTS
surrounded by a laurel wreath. Struck in billon with a plain edge.
Don Taxay attributes the dies to Christian Gobrecht and
USPatterns.com estimates a surviving population of about two dozen
examples in all grades. Experiments at the Mint showed that billon
coins could easily be counterfeited using planchets with no silver
content. The danger of counterfeiting probably caused this
experimental issue to be abandoned before regular production could
begin. Restrikes from buckled dies were made later, starting in the
The present coin is a delightful Gem proof, tied with five other examples at PCGS and a single specimen at NGC for finest certified (4/20). The design elements are sharply detailed throughout, with fine definition on the eagle's feathers and the leaves in the wreath. The well-preserved surfaces are blanketed in attractive shades of pale jade, violet, and sea-green toning. Overall eye appeal is terrific.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2964, PCGS# 11194)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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