1881 P1C Liberty Cent, Judd-1667, Pollock-1867, R.7, PR67 Cameo NGC. CAC. Design. The obverse features Charles Barber's Liberty head design normally associated with 1883 to 1913 nickels, although here in diminutive form with the date below and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around. The reverse has a tall Roman numeral I surrounded by a wreath of wheat and cotton. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge. Commentary. This is by far the finest Judd-1667 cent pattern we have handled, and it is only the fourth appearance in our auctions in the last two decades. Prior to certification of the Newman example, NGC had seen just two examples of Judd-1667, both graded PR65. The PCGS website indicates that seven examples have been certified, a population that strongly suggests multiple submissions of fewer coins. About a half dozen are known, according to USPatterns.com, although we feel that figure is optimistic and fewer actually survive. Physical Description. This tiny pattern packs a strong punch with brilliant light gray surfaces and excellent field-to-device contrast. Both sides are deeply mirrored with lustrous devices. Surface marks are limited to scattered lint marks and minimal planchet flakes as struck. An exceptional and highly appealing pattern cent. From The Eric P. Newman Collection.
From Newman I (Heritage Auctions, 4/2013), lot 4031, realized $15275.00. Image and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, https://ha.com.
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