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    1870 Bimetallic Two Cent
    Bonded Silver and Copper
    Judd-793, PR62

    1870 2C Two Cents, Judd-793, Pollock-879, High R.7, PR62 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The Judd pattern reference describes this curious confection as "another cabinet coin created from a planchet and made of compressed or bonded silver on one side and copper on the other." Pollock calls them "mostly copper with streaks of silver." These are the regular-issue dies for the 1870 two cent pieces. Struck with a plain edge. The planchet shows numerous die striations and cracks on the obverse (mostly silver) side, although some copper shows through from 12 to 2 o'clock. Noticeable strike (and/or hub) weakness shows below WE at the annulet and the upper shield stripes. The reverse (copper) side shows more cracking of the planchet in numerous areas and some indented roughness at the rim near (UNITE)D S(TATES). This coin was clearly a Mint experiment that did not work. There is appeal remaining, although more numismatic than aesthetic: It would be fascinating to study this pattern against the proof and business strike dies of the late 1860s into 1870 to see if a die sequence could be determined. This coin would be a definite prize for hard-core two cent collectors. Population: 1 in 61, 1 finer (8/20).

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61036)

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

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