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    1868 Judd-655 Three Dollar, PR64
    Rare Aluminum Strike
    From the Pittman Collection

    1868 $3 Three Dollar, Judd-655, Pollock-728, Low R.7, PR64 NGC. Ex: Pittman. The regular dies for the Indian Princess three dollar gold design struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. Perhaps as many as 10 examples of this aluminum pattern exist, and they were struck either to demonstrate the use of aluminum in coinage, or as specialty pieces for sale to contemporary collectors. Saul Teichman comments at USPatterns.com:

    "Although these are described as regular die trial pieces in the standard references, the off-metal 'trials' of this year were struck as part of cased sets to show off aluminum as a coinage metal. At least 3 of these sets are still intact. It is also possible that some of these set were deliberately made for sale to collectors."



    This Choice proof has brilliant light gray surfaces, exhibiting fully mirrored fields that frame the lustrous devices, creating light cameo contrast. Trivial hairlines and contact marks prevent a higher grade. Census: 2 in 64, 3 finer (3/19).
    Ex: ANA Sale (Abe Kosoff, 8/1958), lot 1608; John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 792.
    From The Chinook Collection. (NGC ID# 29P8, PCGS# 60873)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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