1836 P2C Two Cents, Judd-53, Pollock-54, Low R.6, PR63 PCG...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1836 Two Cent Pattern in Billon
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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