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    Description

    1871 Three Cent 'Silver' Struck
    in Aluminum, R.8, Judd-1049
    PR64, Two or Three Known

    1871 3C Three Cent Silver, Judd-1049, Pollock-1183, R.8, PR64 NGC.
    Design.
    This three cent "silver" pattern uses the regular dies for the year 1871, but is struck in aluminum instead, with a plain edge.

    Commentary.
    Both the Judd print reference and the USPatterns.com online resource rank this pattern issue at R.8, with the website adding that only two or three pieces are believed to exist and opining that although it is called a die trial issue, the coins may instead have been deliberately struck for sale to collectors. Many, perhaps most, of the 1869-71 issues would certainly fall under that same umbrella, as the U.S. Mint during this time was the largest coin dealer in the United States--unofficially. It had several hundred different pattern varieties on hand (or able to be struck) for well-connected collectors and dealers and Mint officials (and there was not always a clear delineation between them).

    Physical Description.
    A splendidly smooth silver-white piece, showing some die striations in the field and a small die line running diagonally through the upper left vertical shield stripes. NGC Census: one in PR64 (this piece). PCGS Population: one in PR65 (11/08).

    Provenance.
    Ex: Casterline and Hall Collections Sale (Superior, 5/1989), lot 1061.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.


    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2A2K, PCGS# 61308)


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