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1864 No L Indian Cent in Aluminum-Bronze
1864 1C No L Indian Cent, Judd-354, Pollock-425, Snow-PT1a-1,
R.8, MS67 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. This Indian cent pattern features
the regular dies without the L initial on the ribbon. Struck in an
aluminum-bronze alloy with a plain edge. Rick Snow explains: "Early
in 1864, experiments were done with various alloys of aluminum and
copper called aluminum bronze. These tests were done at the request
of the new Treasury Secretary, William P. Fassenden, and scientists
of the National Academy of Science." Cents were struck in various
compositions that produced lovely golden colors when new, but which
would discolor quickly. Judd-354 is struck in an mix of 19 parts
copper to one part aluminum. One coin each is known from
circulation-strike and proof dies, hence the R.8 rating. Both sides
of this business-strike Superb Gem exhibit intense golden color and
vibrant mint luster. A hint of softness occurs on the date, lowest
ribbon diamonds, and shield.
Judd-354, Snow-PT1a-1, MS67
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535220)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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