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    1869 Three Dollar in Copper
    Judd-772, PR64 Red and Brown
    Only 3-4 Pieces Believed Known

    1869 $3 Three Dollar, Judd-772, Pollock-857, R.7, PR64 Red and Brown PCGS. The obverse and reverse dies are the ones used to strike regular-issue three dollar gold pieces in 1869. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. The Judd and Pollock references call this issue a die trial, but states they were struck for sale to favored collectors. These coins were apparently offered in sets, like the one in lot 235 of the Woodside Collection of Patterns (New York Coin & Stamp, 4/1892):

    "1869 Complete set 1C. to $20: like the regular issues but in aluminum: only five sets struck: proofs; 16 pcs."

    It may be that a few examples were sold as individual pieces, in addition to the sets. estimates three or four specimens are extant in copper. The design was also struck in aluminum (Judd-773) and nickel (Judd-774). One factor contributing to the extraordinary rarity of the copper strikes is that this piece (the finest Red and Brown certified) has been off the market for 41 years. The surfaces are even red, just slightly mellowed from full Red status.
    Ex: Public Auction (Stack's, 8/24-28/1976), lot 3659.
    From The Chinook Collection. (PCGS# 71003)

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

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