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    1866 Three Dollar in Nickel
    Judd-543, PR66

    1866 $3 Three Dollar, Judd-543, Pollock-608, High R.7, PR66 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. Both sides feature the adopted James B. Longacre three dollar design. Struck in nickel with a reeded edge. USPatterns.com believes half a dozen Judd-543 representatives exist, three of which are impounded in institutional collections. The site notes:

    "They appear to have been struck on whatever planchets were available. Pollock lists one of the Smithsonian examples at 54.2 grains which is from the same planchet stock used to strike many thin planchet 5 cent nickel patterns of that year. The Byron Reed coin is on an even thinner planchet 39.5 grains as opposed to the 36.6 listing in Pollock.

    "It is likely that some of these were struck on regular thickness shield nickel planchets. If so, these examples may be mint errors."


    We have offered other examples that weigh 36.2 grains and 57 grains. PCGS makes no mention of the weight of this Premium Gem. Although designated as a proof, nickel-gray and pale golden surfaces are far more satiny than flashy or reflective. Nickel coinage production was still very much in its infancy in 1866. The high points on this example demonstrate the difficulties the Mint had working with this hard alloy. Lovely eye appeal and impressively clean.
    Ex: Tree Many Feathers Collection (Bowers and Merena, 9/2001), lot 180.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29LT, PCGS# 60741)


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