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    1863 Three Cent in Aluminum
    Judd-320, PR65+ Cameo

    1863 3C Three Cents, Judd-320, Pollock-385, High R.7, PR65+ Cameo PCGS. CAC Ex: Simpson. This rare pattern is approximately the diameter of a large cent, and, in fact, the portrait is from a Petite Head device punch. Thirteen stars surrounding the border are reminiscent of the obsolete denomination, last coined in 1857. The reverse recalls the as-issued 1864 two cent piece, although the denomination is designated as 3 CENTS within a small wreath, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA completing the statutory legends. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge. Both sides are utterly brilliant and characteristically contrasted for an aluminum proof strike. Nothing more than a few contact flecks are apparent. While 50 to 60 pieces are known in copper, this is one of only five examples traced in aluminum, per USPatterns.com.
    Ex: Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 1/1997), lot 415; Southern Collection.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535035)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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