Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    1876 Three Cent Nickel in Copper
    PR63 Brown

    Judd-1451a, The Only Known Example

    1876 3C Three Cent Nickel, Judd-1451a, Pollock-1598, R.8, PR63 Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. A dies trial piece from the regular three cent nickel dies for the year. Struck in copper with a plain edge. According to Andrew Pollock and, this is the only known example of Judd-1451a. Only one or two off-metal coinage sets were produced in copper for the year 1876. Until 1980, when this pattern turned up, it was the only denomination for the year unknown in copper. Odds are this piece was produced specifically for Mint Director Henry Linderman.

    Glossy brown surfaces reveal peach-gold and violet accents. The obverse fields show a few traces of verdigris, which is surely the only imperfection standing in the way of an even higher grade. However, condition becomes somewhat secondary when dealing with unique pieces. As far as we can tell, this is the first public offering of the unique Judd-1451a pattern since 1980. Another highlight from the incomparable Bob R. Simpson Collection.
    Ex: James David Duncan Collection (NASCA, 7/1980), lot 92.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61817)

    View Certification Details from PCGS

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2020
    17th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 258

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Sold on Sep 17, 2020 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 5 days left to consign to the 2021 December 16 - 19 US Coins Signature® Auction !

    Learn about consigning with us

    The results exceeded our expectations by approximately 50%, and we are so happy that we went with Heritage Auction for the sale of the coins.
    H. Walter K.,
    Barnstable, MA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search