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    1853 Experimental Cent in German Silver
    Judd-150 Thick, PR63

    1853 E1C One Cent, Judd-150 Thick, Pollock-178, Low R.7 PR63 NGC. An experimental one-cent piece struck in German silver whose metallurgical composition is stated on the holder: 63% copper, 30% nickel, and 7% zinc. Struck with a reeded edge. The German silver alloy was intended to replace the copper large cent, the eventual end of these experiments was the 1857 Flying Eagle cent. This experimental piece used the regular dies of the quarter eagle with a reverse that has a simple wreath with ONE CENT inside the wreath. Interestingly, there is no mention of the country's name on the piece. The surfaces are bright and "silvery" with good depth of mirrors in the fields. Struck on a slightly granular planchet with very few actual post-striking impairments visible.
    Ex: Portland Signature (Heritage, 3/2004), lot 6626.
    From The Collection of William Rau.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 388D, PCGS# 11624)


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