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SERIES: Patterns - PR
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1857 1C J-187a (Proof)

PCGS #:
11822
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Auction Record:
$48,875 • PCGS PR64 • 7-31-2009 • Heritage
 
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR64 PCGS grade  

Stack's 6/1977:350 - Steve Ivy 8/1980:703 - Stack's 1/1987:483 - Heritage 1/2007:1236, $46,000 - Heritage 7/2009:1380, $48,875

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR64 PCGS grade  

Stack's 6/1977:350 - Steve Ivy 8/1980:703 - Stack's 1/1987:483 - Heritage 1/2007:1236, $46,000 - Heritage 7/2009:1380, $48,875

Ron Guth: Judd 187a is a unique die trial of an 1857 Flying Eagkle Cent on a Copper-Nickel planchet.  The metal composition of this piece has been reported as 75% Copper and 25% Nickel -- the same alloy used on Three-Cent "Nickels" beginning in 1865 and all regular-issue "Nickel" coins thereafter.

The earliest appearance of this piece was in a 1977 Stack's sale.  Ove the years, it has been called both Mint State and Proof, though the current opinion is that it is a Proof.  The last appearance of this example was in 2009.