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    Gem Cameo Proof 1868 Aluminum Indian Cent
    Low R.7, Judd-612

    1868 1C One Cent, Judd-612, Pollock-677, Low R.7, PR65 Cameo NGC.
    Design.
    Struck from the regular proof dies for the 1868 Indian cent, in aluminum with a plain edge. Judd notes that two pairs of proof dies were used.

    Commentary.
    One might infer from the use of two pairs of proof dies that a considerable number were struck, but they are nonetheless today rated Low R.7. In addition, aluminum was still quite a precious metal at the time(s) these pieces were produced--regardless of exactly when that was. Improved processes for isolating elemental aluminum from its alloys resulted in increased availability of the metal only in the late 1880s. Per Judd: "One of the reverse dies also used to make restrikes of regular Proof 1864 With L cents (per Richard E. Snow); this die is not known to have been used to strike regular issue 1868 Proof cents, but was widely used from 1869 to 1871 (per Snow). This, plus the use of two die pairs, would seem to indicate that aluminum cents were struck on at least two different occasions."

    At least some of these were included in complete 16-piece proof sets from the cent through double eagle. The Garrett Collection had a complete set; the earliest recorded offering of a complete aluminum proof set is in the William Fewsmith sale of 1870, lot 1381, conducted by Mason and Company.

    Physical Description.
    Intensely bright, quicksilver surfaces are virtually unmarred by distractions, save for a tiny contact point or two and a single minuscule dark fleck on the obverse. Superb field-device contrast and overall appeal. NGC Census: 1 in PR65 Cameo, 1 finer. PCGS Population: 1 in PR65, 1 finer, none with a Cameo designation in any grade (12/08).

    Provenance.
    Ex: Superior (2/1987), lot 141A.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.


    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29N5, PCGS# 60824)


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