Coin Specifications

Category: Patterns & Trial Coins (1792-1863)
Catalog: KM-Pn117
Composition: Copper
Edge: Plain
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1850 J-121 1C PF obverse 1850 J-121 1C PF reverse

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Description & Analysis

Judd-121, Pollock-136, High R.6.

Struck on an annular (ring) planchet. The obverse has USA above and ONE TENTH SILVER below the opening. On the reverse two stars flank the central opening, with CENT above and 1850 below. Struck in copper with a plain edge.

As early as 1850 Mint officials undertook to replace the large coppers in circulation with something smaller, yet still containing an acceptable margin--acceptable both to the government and to consumers--of intrinsic value. A series of annular or ring-shaped coins, composed of billon, an alloy of 90% copper and 10% silver, neatly suited both the desire for a larger copper cent than would otherwise be possible, along with a coin that was larger than it would otherwise be. Other strikings were produced in copper and copper-nickel.

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Total Graded: 5
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 65

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1/3/2007 NGC PF 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 1209 $4,025.00
8/8/2013 NGC Details Proof AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(4), 1188/Lot# 4865 $763.75
9/18/2014 NGC PF VG 10   Brown Heritage Auctions Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction Session(1), 231439/Lot# 64378 $69.00

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