Nickel Variant of Eastman Johnson's "Holey" Design, Judd-17211884 1C One Cent, Judd-1721, Pollock-1929, R.6, PR63 PCGS. Eastman Johnson's "holey" design for the cent with the center perforated with an irregular circumference. These experimental pieces were intended to make small denomination coinage easier to distinguish by the blind, and thereby to "remedy the inconvenience of similarity in our small coin." The obverse bears the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA about the upper rim and the date at the bottom. The reverse shows the denomination ONE CENT at the top with an inverted shield and two laurel sprigs below. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. Although struck in 1884, this design dates back to the 1870s. Approximately two dozen of these pieces are known today in nickel, and the holes are slightly irregular on all we have seen, suggesting they were hand-cut. This is a lovely, bright, lustrous example that is mostly brilliant still. The only flaw of any note is a grease stain (as struck) below (AMER)ICA.
From The New Millennium Collection. (#62150) (NGC ID# 2AL9, PCGS# 62150)
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