Dr. J. Hewitt Judd Collection - Bowers & Ruddy Rare Coin Reviews 21-25 (1974-1976) - Bowers & Ruddy 6/1976:1388 - Bowers & Ruddy Rare Coin Review 28 - subsequently graded NGC PR64 221969-022 as a regular (non-L) 1864 Copper-Nickel Cent - subsequently graded PCGS PR64 and correctly identified as a J-358 - Heathgate Collection - Goldbergs 2/2001:1091, $17,250
Judd-358 is an important transitional pattern from 1864. The obverse is an 1864-L die, the same one used to strike the "original" 1864 Proofs in Bronze, but Judd-358 was struck in Copper-Nickel. Judd-358 is extremely rare, with only three examples known to experts in the field. In the past, this variety has been misidentified as a regular 1864 Copper-Nickel Cent, so it is possible, though unlikely, that additional examples exist. Rick Snow believes that Judd-358 was struck after the 1864-L Bronze Proofs, indicating that this variety may have been struck as a special treat for collectors.
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