Coin Specifications

Category: Patterns & Trial Coins (1792-1863)
Catalog: KM-Pn182
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Edge: Plain
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1856 J-177 1/2C PF obverse 1856 J-177 1/2C PF reverse

Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Judd-177, Pollock-205, R.5.

Design. The regular half cent dies of 1856 but, continuing the metallic composition experiments begun in 1850 that would lead to the successful introduction of the copper-nickel small cents, the planchets for these pieces are copper-nickel, either 88:12 or 90:10. Struck with a plain edge.

Commentary. Records indicate two slightly different alloys, but they are impossible to distinguish from each other except by elemental analysis. The pattern variety as a whole, however, should be easily distinguished by the distinctive color of coins produced in copper-nickel alloy, a fact that was not lost on Mint personnel of the era.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Total Graded: 8
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 65

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6/25/2001 PCGS PF 61   Teletrade Auction 1452, 1452/Lot# 1000 $2,514.50
3/24/2004 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 6631 $3,220.00
5/25/2004 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24061, 24061/Lot# 13944 $6,502.10
4/28/2009 NGC PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 3499 $2,530.00
1/5/2011 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6571 $4,600.00
9/22/2014 PCGS PF AU 50   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 107 $1,610.00
1/7/2015 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1216/Lot# 6696 $43,945.00

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