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    1836 Two Cent Pattern in Billon
    Judd-53, PR63

    1836 P2C Two Cents, Judd-53, Pollock-54, Low R.6, PR63 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. An early pattern for the two cent denomination, this coin features a small eagle perched on a cloud on the obverse, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around and the date below. The A in STATES is struck over an errant E. The reverse exhibits the widely spaced denomination in the center, with a wreath around the periphery. Struck in billon, with a reeded edge. The dies are credited to Chief Engraver Christian Gobrecht.

    The two cent denomination was proposed in Article 10 of a coinage bill that became the Act of January 18, 1837. The proposed two cent pieces were to be struck on billon planchets, with a composition of 90% copper and 10% silver. However, Mint officials strongly objected to the billon composition, because of concerns about counterfeiting. As a result, Article 10 was dropped before the bill passed and the project was abandoned.

    The coin offered here is an attractive Select example, with sharply detailed design elements in all areas. The lightly marked surfaces are blanketed in attractive shades of bluish-gray and sea-green toning, with outstanding eye appeal. Population: 4 in 63, 1 finer (3/20).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2966, PCGS# 11196)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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