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Obverse of 1859 Pattern Cent - Judd 228     Reverse of 1859 Pattern Cent - Judd 228


1859 PATTERN CENT

Variety equivalents:
Adams-Woodin ? = Judd 228 = Pollock 272 

Rarity:  

Metal content: Copper-Nickel

Edge: Plain

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Significant examples:
PCGS MS-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4409, where it was described as follows:  "Judd-228, Pollock-272. Copper-nickel. Plain Edge. The so-called 1859 Transitional Indian Cent with regular 1859 reverse mated to the reverse adopted in 1860 with an oak wreath topped by a narrow shield. Lustrous; well struck; a choice specimen.  Collectors are drawn instinctively to Judd-228 because of its transitional nature. As with many new Mint designs, the engraving department must design a coin that meets several often contradictory needs. One is to produce a well-balanced design; another is to have the design laid out on the dies so as to minimize striking problems. It must have been that Longacre's regular-issue 1859 Indian cent with laurel wreath reverse did not meet one of these criteria. He altered the reverse, therefore, to the more familiar oak wreath, and added a shield at the top. Judd-228 is the bridge between his regular 1859 and the newly modified 1860 piece."

NGC MS-61 (illustrated below).  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, October 14, 2000, Lot 1163

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4410

PCGS MS-64.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 160, "1859 pattern Indian cent, Judd-228, Pollock-272, Snow-PT4, Breen-1946, Rarity-2", illustrated, sold for $1,610.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:

Obverse of 1859 Pattern Cent - Judd 228     Reverse of 1859 Pattern Cent - Judd 228

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