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    1867 Cent Struck in Nickel
    Judd-552, MS65
    Only Three Pieces Confirmed Known

    1867 1C One Cent, Judd-552, Pollock-614, R.8, MS65 NGC. Listed as a regular dies trial piece, struck from the dies of a regular issue Indian cent. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. This is an extremely rare pattern issue with only three or four pieces believed known. It is also an issue that is not without controversy, as explained on the website: "This may also be a mint error struck on leftover stock used to strike J406-J406A/P475-P476 or on misrolled nickel 5 cent piece stock. Only 3 or 4 are believed to exist including the illustrated example illustrated above which is a business strike and not a proof." The photo on the website appears to be this very coin.
    The surfaces are without a doubt consistent with a business strike. The strike details are soft, as one would expect from a nickel planchet, and no attempt was made to polish the dies or planchet, thus the MS designation. Additionally, there are several die cracks present on the reverse. But one does have to wonder, how would nickel planchets be produced for a cent by accident? And if they were, surely there would be more than the three or four pieces known. Which brings up the question of intention. What was the intention when this coin was produced?
    The surfaces display the usual even, light gray color of nickel. This piece is identifiable not only by the weakness of high-point definition, but also by a tiny spot located below the eye of Liberty.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29LY, PCGS# 60762)

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    January, 2013
    9th-14th Wednesday-Monday
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