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    1885 Aluminum Three Cent Piece
    Judd-1741, PR66 Cameo

    1885 3C Three Cent Nickel, Judd-1741, Pollock-1953, High R.7, PR66 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Denali Collection. The regular dies of the 1885 three cent nickel. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge. As aluminum was far more valuable than copper-nickel at the time, the notion that this could be a "trial piece," as described by the Judd reference, is less likely than it being a delicacy struck for collectors. The presence of other 1885-dated aluminum "patterns" suggests they might have been sold as sets. The present specimen offers great contrast for the aluminum surface. Pale blue tints to mirrored fields show only a few small splashes of milky toning, and the central devices are amply frosted.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ALN, PCGS# 62183)

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    August, 2013
    8th-10th Thursday-Saturday
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