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    1873 Half Dollar in Aluminum
    Judd-1273, PR66+ Deep Cameo

    1873 50C Half Dollar, Judd-1273, Pollock-1415, High R.7, PR66+ Deep Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. Formerly considered a dies trial striking for the 1873 half, these pieces are now thought to have been struck for sale to collectors as part of complete off-metal sets. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. This is only the second time we have offered an aluminum example. Only 2-3 pieces are believed known, according to Aluminum patterns offer the collector an interesting avenue that few have ventured into. Aluminum has always been a common metal, but until the late-1880s it was difficult to process into pure-enough form that it could be used for coinage. Its striking qualities are remarkable. Aluminum patterns are usually found with highly polished fields and strong cameo contrast between the fields and devices, such as seen here. This is a uniformly bright example with no traces of oxidation or planchet laminations, the two limitations a collector will soon find to locating patterns in a superior state of preservation.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 534930)

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    August, 2021
    18th-22nd Wednesday-Sunday
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