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Lot 1784

1850 Pattern Three Cents. Silver, plain edge. Original. Judd-125. Pollock-147, Rarity-4. PCGS graded Proof 64. Deep lilac and blue toning on both sides over the silvery surfaces. Well struck save for the central portion of the cap, which shows minor weakness. This design is an obvious copy of the Republic of Mexico coinage current at the time. The dies and design engraving are attributed to Franklin Peale after he had viewed Longacre's pattern for the denomination. Pollock notes that the planchets for this issue were cut from a metal strip with uneven thickness, so weights range from 10 grains to 13.7 grains. The reverse incorporates a curled palm frond with the denomination III at the center. This particular one is much better than most, with PCGS reporting 6 this high, and just 1 coin graded higher (PCGS # 11536) .
Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,500.
From the Benson collection and purchased from Hollinbeck Stamp & Coin Company as lot 1334 on December 8, 1945 for $9.00.

Realized $2,645

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