1854 1C J-160, BN PR (PCGS# 11659)
The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction
Lot Number: 3595
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Glossy chocolate-brown with faded mint red in protected areas of the obverse, the reverse displays some gunmetal-blue color. No spots, stains, or contact marks, the fields are nicely reflective, the reverse a bit more than the obverse. Some diagonal striations are noted on the reverse. The diameter is 25mm versus the 28mm diameter for regular issue 1854 large cents. These smaller pattern cents were designed to help combat the rise in the price of copper, which had risen so much by this time that a 168-grain large cent contained more than a cent's worth of copper.