1849 3C J-112 Org PR (PCGS# 11490)
The June 2010 Baltimore Auction
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 3368
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1849 Pattern Three-Cent Piece. Judd-112 Original, Pollock-126. Rarity-7-. Proof-63 (PCGS). OGH. The obverse design is the same that the Mint used to strike regular issue 1849 Seated Liberty Half Dimes. The reverse design is simplicity itself with a Roman numeral III for the denomination set in an open field. Struck in a silver-copper alloy (60% silver, 40% copper) with a reeded edge.<br /> This is a handsome piece with original olive-rose patina adorning both sides. Sharply struck and nicely preserved with no blemishes of note. The year 1849 represents the first in which the federal government put forth the idea of striking a Three-Cent piece. The first regular issue coins of this denomination, however, were not forthcoming until 1851.