1896 1C Liberty Shield PR65 PCGS
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The Liberty Shield Cent is one of the most popular designs of pattern coinage ever made. Introduced as an experimental alloy by way of a House of Representatives measure dated June 9, 1896, they were presented to the Chairman of the Committee of Coinage, Weights and Measures to test the practical use of such an alloy to strike coins.
It was deemed that nickel, as was used to make this example, was â€œdifficult to work and hard on dies.â€ Thus, the coin never made it as a serious contender for circulation. Of course, the Indian Head Cent was still in production at the time as well.
Today, serious enthusiasts flock to these behind-the-scenes coins as the lost works of the U.S. Mint. Many of them were simply buried in corners of the Mint for decades until they were found.
It is reported that only 10 were Minted in Nickel, and this is the Finest Known example of any that remain. In an old rattler holder and CAC approved it is a refreshing sight to see, and an extraordinary conversation piece for that special collector looking for something unique at the right price-point.