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    1850 Annular Cent Pattern in Billon
    Judd-119 Original, PR65

    1850 P1C One Cent, Judd-119 Original, Pollock-134, Low R.6, PR65 NGC. Ex: Bass/ANA Museum Display. The annular cent pattern, with a largish hole in the middle. The obverse displays the denomination CENT at the top, the date 1850 at the bottom, two rosettes at the sides, and a perforation in the center. A small die crack runs from the right top of the T in CENT to the rim nearby. The reverse, in the process of shattering and showing heavy die cracks, has the inscriptions USA (the curious U not parallel to the rim) and ONE TENTH SILVER around. Struck in billon (10% silver, 90% copper) with a plain edge and medal turn. (Metallurgical analysis conducted by NGC in July 2014 confirms this result, 89% copper, 10% silver.) The pieces struck in billon and with a center perforation are considered original strikings; however, it is unclear exactly when the cracked reverse billon pieces were produced. These curious pieces were struck when it became clear that the large copper cents in circulation at the time were too cumbersome for commercial transactions. The annular, or "ring" concept, was tried out on several denominations, including the gold dollar. The thought was that a larger-sized coin could be struck and still maintain the weight of a smaller-sized coin. This lovely example shows variegated rose and blue toning on each side with no mentionable contact marks on the bright proof surfaces.
    Ex: ANA Auction (Stack's, 8/1971), lot 255; Harry W. Bass Research Foundation. Accompanied by an inventory tag showing provenance. HBCC-6017 (Bass Sylloge number).
    Selections From The Harry Bass, Jr. Foundation's A.N.A. Museum Display. (NGC ID# 2A57, PCGS# 11511)


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