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    1869 Three Cent Nickel in Aluminum
    Judd-679, PR66 Deep Cameo

    1869 3CN Three Cent Nickel, Judd-679, Pollock-758, High R.7, PR66 Deep Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. Struck from dies of the regular design in aluminum, instead of the usual copper-nickel alloy, with a plain edge. Other denominations from 1869 were also struck in aluminum in limited quantities, to assemble off-metal proof sets for presentation to collectors and dealers with Mint connections. One of the joys of aluminum patterns is how well the struck pieces turned out. They invariably display deep mirrors in the fields with thick mint frost over the devices, as seen here. This piece is readily identifiable by a small strike-through in the left obverse field between the nose of Liberty and the TA in STATES, and on the reverse there is a grease stain at 7 o'clock that was struck into the planchet.
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    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 800015, Base PCGS# 60904)


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