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    1856 Judd-177 Half Cent Pattern, MS64
    Copper-Nickel Alloy

    1856 Judd-177, Breen-2c, Pollock-205, R.4, MS64 NGC. CAC. Our EAC grade MS62. The Mint was experimenting with different alloys of copper and nickel in preparation for the new copper-nickel small cents. In his Half Cent Encyclopedia, Walter Breen reported two variants having 90% copper and 10% nickel, or 88% copper and 12% nickel. Although he implied that they could be distinguished by weight and color, our experience suggests that metallurgical analysis is the only true way to determine the specific alloy. Yellow-tan surfaces have traces of luster with magenta and blue toning lines on each side. The strike is weak as often on these patterns in an unfamiliar composition for mint workmen. Trivial lamination is evident on Liberty's cheek and hair. Census: 4 in 64 (1 in 64+), 0 finer (3/21).
    Ex: Nathan Belcher Collection (Lyman H. Low, 10/1896); J.M. Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 110; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29AV, PCGS# 11777)


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