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1870 Bimetallic Two Cent
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).
Bonded Silver and Copper
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61036)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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