1866 Cent, Judd-456, Pollock-530, R.7, MS66 PCGS. ...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1866 Cent in Copper-Nickel
1866 Cent, Judd-456, Pollock-530, R.7, MS66 PCGS. Ex:
Simpson. Traditionally called a regular dies trial strike, but the
intention for striking these pieces is a bit murky. They were
struck from regular business-strike dies with a plain edge. In
addition to dies trial strikes, these pieces could have also been
struck for collectors for off-metal sets, examples are also known
in copper and nickel. They also could have been struck from a batch
of leftover planchets from 1857-1864, and simply mixed in with
other 1866 cents that entered circulation. Using that same
production scenario, such pieces could also be classed as off-metal
errors. In any case, only a dozen or so pieces are known. The
surfaces retain much of the original "whiteness" of the
copper-nickel alloy with an addition of pale lilac and rose toning.
Fully struck on the reverse, the obverse only lacks complete
feather definition on the tips of the top three feathers of the
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 159788)
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