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    1875 Indian Cent Struck in Aluminum
    Rare Judd-1384, PR66 Cameo

    1875 1C Indian Cent, Judd-1384, Pollock-1528, Snow-PT1a, R.8, PR66 Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Regular die trials issue of the proof 1875 cent. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge. One explanation for this piece is it was deliberately struck for collectors. The Judd reference tends to support that contention:

    "The year 1875 hosts a potpourri of pattern issues, some with true pattern intent (certain of the twenty-cent pieces may be in this category) and others created as numismatic delicacies, the latter including illogical varieties and mulings. No doubt, Mint Director Henry R. Linderman was among the recipients of these delicacies. All of the illogical combinations as well as off-metal strikings from regular Proof dies were made in secrecy, and the existence of most was not known until years later."

    The other way to view this piece is the way Rick Snow presents it, as part of a full denomination set. As such, this would be a metallurgical trial. Only one or two aluminum sets were struck and apparently neither set is intact today. Prior to our sale of this piece in the 2008 FUN Signature, we were able to find only three references to known sales of a Judd-1384 pattern. A piece was sold by New England Rare Coin Galleries in March 1983, another auctioned as part of the Loye L. Lauder Collection by Doyle Galleries in December 1983, lot 536, and there is another transaction by Numismatics Ltd. (possibly also in December 1983). The impossibility of finding photographs of these transactions is obvious. They could be the same coin sold three times in a short time span, two coins and one reappearance, or there is a remote possibility there are three separate coins. Certified population figures today include one PR66 NGC specimen, and two PR66 Cameo PCGS pieces -- both of the PCGS listings are the same coin, this one.

    This is a splendidly preserved aluminum striking. Unlike many aluminum patterns, this piece does not show signs of oxidation. A few lint marks are present on each side, the most obvious one for pedigree purposes is hook-shaped and located just to the right of the 5 in the date. The contrast between the fields and devices is strong with exceptionally deep mirrors in the fields. An obviously rare opportunity for the pattern collector.
    Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3479.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AAS, PCGS# 81691)

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

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