Coin Specifications

Category: Patterns & Trial Coins (1792-1863)
Catalog: KM-Pn109
Composition: Silver-Copper
Edge: Plain
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(1849) J-113 3CS PF obverse (1849) J-113 3CS PF reverse

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Description & Analysis

Judd-113, Pollock-127, High R.7.

Design. Popularly known as the Ugly Duckling, this pattern combines "Arabic" and Roman numerals 3 and III, one on each side, with no other legends, date, denomination, or other device. Not only is this a "coin without a country," it is a numerator without a denominator, a quantity with no units. Struck in a "silver-copper alloy of unknown proportions," according to Judd, with a plain edge.

Commentary. Struck as both originals (per Judd) and restrikes, the last of which Judd notes are probably in 90% silver. Saul Teichman of believes all are post-1849 restrikes. Pollock notes that the Lemus Collection piece, presumably this one, weighs 19.2 grains (which Teichman notes is "the same as a standard half dime planchet"), with diameter 0.594 in. Teichman concurs that these pieces "are more likely standard coin silver as opposed to being 50% silver, 50% copper," adding that perhaps a dozen exist. We would not be surprised if the number were lower, perhaps eight to 10 pieces.

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Total Graded: 2
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 64

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1/7/2009 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 1531 $11,500.00
5/30/2012 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1171/Lot# 4656 $10,350.00

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