Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 65

Lot 1856

1854 Pattern Cent. German silver, reeded edge. Judd-156. Pollock-185. High Rarity 7. PCGS graded Proof 65 CAC Approved. Interesting to note the engine turned markings on the obverse device. James C. Booth, the Melter and Assayer, suggested to Mr. Snowden, the Director of the Mint, that cents could be made out of German silver in a size between the dime and the quarter and a little thicker than a dime. In submitting pieces for examination on January 17, 1854, he reported that these were prepared solely to show the size and the character of the metal, not the design. In fact the obverse die was prepared by a copying lathe from a silver dollar obverse. This fact explains the concentric lines blurring the design of Liberty, the distortion of the stars and the incompleteness of the numerals in the date. Pop 1; none finer (PCGS # 11648) .
Estimated Value $5,000 - 6,000.

Realized $8,338

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