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1874 Three Cent Pattern in Aluminum
1874 3CN Three Cents, Judd-1349, Pollock-1493, High R.7, PR65
Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. From the regular three cent nickel
dies of 1874, struck in aluminum with a plain edge. The design was
also struck in copper (Judd-1348). An early appearance of Judd-1349
was in lot 2963 of the Belden Roach Collection (B. Max Mehl,
2/1944), where Mehl noted, "Only five minted." The 10th edition of
the Judd pattern reference labels this variety "High R.7" despite
infrequent auction appearances, whereas the more frequently updated
website USPatterns.com gives the Judd-1349 an R.8 rating, noting
"fewer than 3" confirmed, which seems more in line with its rarity
in practice. Heritage offered a duplicate example of this issue
from the Simpson Collection (formerly from the Cat Daddy
Collection) in 2012 and another coin was offered as part of a
seven-piece proof set in aluminum in several issues of the Rare
Coin Review in the 1970s.
Judd-1349, PR65 Cameo
PCGS and NGC have combined to certify three examples of Judd-1349 between them, with this coin the finest by three grade points (4/20). This delightful Gem exhibits sharply detailed design elements, with a rich coat of mint frost that contrasts boldly with the reflective fields. The brilliant surfaces are essentially unblemished, with a few minor marks on the obverse rim at 7 o'clock. Eye appeal is outstanding. This coin is pictured on PCGS CoinFacts.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2A9T, PCGS# 800041)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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