The NGC Advanced Chinese Authentication Bureau (ACAB) evaluated a complete set of pattern coins struck by the Ferracute Machine Company of New Jersey for a new mint in Szechuan Province, China. Only three complete sets are known.
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An Original Set
The ten pattern coins were displayed in a beautiful wooden case for more than 100 years. The coins had been glued to the back of the case, however, and required professional conservation before they could be graded. Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS), an independent affiliate of NGC, expertly removed the glue and attached fibers while preserving the coins' attractive, original patina. After conservation, the coins were authenticated by the NGC ACAB, graded by NGC and encapsulated in NGC's secure, protective holder.
China (1897) Szechuan L&M-345 Silver Ferracute Pattern Dollar NGC SP 65
China (1897) Szechuan L&M-347 Silver Ferracute Pattern 50 Cents NGC SP 63
China (1897) Szechuan L&M-345 Brass Ferracute Pattern Dollar NGC SP 63