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1884 Annular Cent, PR65
1884 1C One Cent, Judd-1722, Pollock-1930, Low R.7, PR65
PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Eastman Johnson's annular design for the
cent with an irregular hole at the center. The statutory legends
exclude LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST. The lower reverse has an
inverted Federal shield and two laurel branches. Struck in aluminum
with a plain edge. The artist Eastman Johnson (1824-1906) created
this design during the 1870s in an attempt to make it easier to
distinguish higher denomination silver coins from their lesser
counterparts. According to Rick Snow: "Unlike earlier annular
coinage experiments in the 1850's, the inner edge of the hole is
rough due to the lack of a collar." The hole varies in size from
one coin to the other. This Gem pattern is moderately reflective
with soft silver-gray color and a few blushes of deeper toning.
Points of contact are trivial. The edges of the inner hole are
noticeably crude, as made. One of about a dozen known examples
struck in aluminum.
Judd-1722, Struck in Aluminum
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ALA, PCGS# 62151)
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