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    Desirable 1867 Three Dollar Piece, Struck in Nickel

    1867 $3 Indian Head Three Dollars, Judd-597, Pollock-661, R.8, PR68 NGC. The regular issue design for the 1867 Indian Head three dollar gold piece. Struck in nickel with a reeded edge. At least three examples of this pattern variety are known, and this piece is undoubtedly the finest of the known examples. What is not known are the circumstances surrounding the issue of these pieces. They purport to be off-metal die trials, but more likely is the profit motive. They were probably struck a few years later for sale to collectors. Examples are also known in copper and silver, thus the possibility that three-piece sets of these patterns were sold. Alternatively, Saul Teichman (USPatterns.com) suggests that they might be mint errors, struck on planchets intended for Shield nickels. Both denominations have exactly the same diameter, so his theory is certainly possible. This example is fully struck with every design detail boldly evident. It has reflective fields with pale champagne toning, a bit deeper on the obverse.
    From The Jones Beach Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29MS, PCGS# 60809)


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