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Lot 2050

1850 Pattern Three Cents. Silver, plain edge. Original. Judd-125. Pollock-147. Rarity 4. PCGS graded Proof 63. A trifle soft in the centers as made, light pastel toning adds to its appeal. No one needs to promote these rare Pattern pieces, they sell themselves. In anticipation of passage of the Coinage Act of March 3, 1851, which authorized a 3c denomination to be struck in silver, the Mint experimented with several proposals for the new design, of which this is one based, surprisingly, on a similar cap-and-rays used on Mexican coins of the day (with the Spanish word LIBERTAD on the cap in place of our English LIBERTY). Pop 19; 10 finer (PCGS # 11536) .
Estimated Value $2,200 - 2,400.


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