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    1864 Three Cent Silver Struck in Nickel
    Judd-377, PR65 Cameo

    1864 P3CS Three Cent Silver, Judd-377, Pollock-445, R.8, PR65 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The regular dies for the 1864 three cent silver, but here struck in nickel with a plain edge. The year 1864 was, of course, the first year in which the motto IN GOD WE TRUST appeared on regular-issue U.S. coinage (notably on the two cent pieces, which made their debut in 1864). It is believed that, rather than off-metal trial strikes, these coins were later restrikes produced during this freewheeling Mint era for inclusion in complete-metal IN GOD WE TRUST sets. Such sets would include the quarter, half dollar, and dollar with reverse of 1866 and after, with motto on the reverse above the eagle.

    The hub that produced dies for the Judd-375 through 377 patterns in copper, aluminum, and nickel had the D in UNITED broken at the top, identifying these coins as post-1870 novodels. Only two of the nickel examples are thought to exist. This piece was formerly offered as part of a four-piece pattern set of three cent silver pieces in Auction '85. The fields are bright and deeply reflective and the devices are fully struck. The coin appears to have been struck on an improperly prepared planchet, however, as slight porosity occurs on each side. The surfaces are mostly brilliant with a swirl of smoky golden patina on both sides. This is the sole finest graded and only Cameo at PCGS; the PR64 still shows in the report but is the Heritage appearance below (9/20).
    Ex: Auction '85 (Superior's session, 8/1985), lot 549; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2002), lot 9460, as PR64 PCGS, which realized $20,700.
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