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    1856 Judd-177 Half Cent Pattern, PR65+
    Stunning Gem Proof

    1856 Judd-177, R.4, PR65+ NGC. CAC. Our EAC grade PR65. Walter Breen described the first group of these patterns in his Half Cent Encyclopedia:

    "On July 11, 1856, a parcel of fifty specimens was sent by Mint Director James Ross Snowden to the Secretary of Treasury to show what the alloy proposed for the new cent would look like, and to distribute them to committee members and others in the Congress, Senate, and Treasury Department. This initial group all show weak borders, being given a single blow apiece in the screw press from dies that were not set close enough together. Many, though with beautiful proof surface, lack relief details on parts of curls, leaves, and sometimes other details. The dentils are never struck up."

    This Gem proof seems to match Breen's description perfectly. A lustrous tan example with indistinct design definition, including borders lacking detail. Splashes of rose toning appear on both sides. Census: 5 in PR65 (2 in PR65+), 0 finer (3/21).
    Ex: Louis Helfenstein Collection (Lester Merkin, 3/1968), lot 162; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.

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

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