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1863-L Indian Cent in Copper-Nickel
1863 1C One Cent, Judd-302, Pollock-365, High R.7, PR66 Deep
Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The obverse features the adopted
design for 1864 (but dated 1863), with the pointed bust truncation
and Longacre's "L" initial on the ribbon. The reverse displays the
standard oak wreath and shield motif used for regular-issue coinage
in 1863. Struck in copper-nickel with a plain edge. According to
Rick Snow, this reverse die was first used on regular coinage in
1871, indicating it was a latter-day restrike made for collectors
in the 1870s. According to the USPatterns website, "It is possible
that these restrikes are related to the 1863 two cent, trime, half
dime and dime restrikes which were offered with the quarter, half
dollar and dollar which were struck with the 'In God We Trust'
reverse." At least a half-dozen copper-nickel pieces are known. As
expected, the fields are deeply reflective, which establishes a
"black" background for the thickly frosted devices. Each side is
light honey-tan with a dab of red at the top of the obverse. Fully
struck with just a few pinpoint specks of carbon on each side.
Judd-302, PR66 Deep Cameo
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 391595)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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