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1854 One Cent, MS64 Brown
1854 E1C One Cent, Judd-159a Electrotype, Pollock-186, High R.6,
MS64 Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The obverse is reduced via the
portrait lathe from an 1854 Seated Liberty silver dollar die. The
workmanship was such that the date digits and other details were
weakly duplicated. The reverse features the denomination 1 CENT
within an oak wreath with several acorns. Produced in copper with a
plain edge. The weak date digits are such that this pattern variety
is often mistaken for 1851. The USPatterns.com website provides a
transcription of a March 18, 1854 letter from Mint Director Snowden
to Treasury Secretary Guthrie that explains the hasty die
production. This pattern variety is an electrotype produced within
the Mint. Even in this form, the circular lathe lines on the
obverse are clearly visible. Sharply detailed with lovely violet,
gold, and blue toning over its medium brown surfaces. This
important variety is borderline R.7 with about a dozen examples
Judd-159a, Mint-Made Electrotype
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2VPG, PCGS# 11654)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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