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    1885 Three Dollar Pattern in Aluminum
    Judd-1753, PR63

    1885 $3 Three Dollar, Judd-1753, Pollock-1966, R.8, PR63 PCGS. The design is the regular-issue three dollar gold piece designed by James B. Longacre, but struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. The coins have been listed as regular die trials, but USPatterns.com notes they were probably struck for sale to collectors as part of complete aluminum sets. The rarity of aluminum in the 19th century may account for the small number struck. Only two examples are known today, this coin and the example from the Lemus-Queller Collection (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1958. The present coin is an attractive Select proof, with sharply detailed design elements and reflective fields that show a few minor hairlines and contact marks on both sides. Some highlights of greenish-gray toning visit the pleasing surfaces. Housed in a green label holder.
    From The Collection of William Rau.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ALX, PCGS# 62196)


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