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1836 J-53 Billon Pattern Two-Cent Piece
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1836 J-53 Billon Pattern Two-Cent Piece
The term "billon" is a generic one for any alloy
containing less than 50% silver. Its usage dates
to ancient times, when the Roman Empire employed
some deceptive chemistry to pass off such debased
pieces as fine silver. By immersing the newly
minted coins in an acid bath, the base metals were
leached away from their surfaces, revealing bright
and glistening silver. As the coins circulated,
however, their true nature was revealed when they
In the 1830s, a two-cent piece would probably have
been of great utility in the United States, yet
this denomination was ultimately deleted from the
draft legislation that became the Mint Act of
1837. Patterns from these dies were coined in
billon, and this reeded edge impression is just
10% silver, the balance being copper. The charming
eagle on this coin was revived from the silver
issues of the 1790s. This choice specimen is
naturally toned to a rich charcoal gray. Note that
letter A in STATES was punched over a letter E!
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