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1870 J-793a Pattern 2 Cent / 25 Cent Hybrid

 
 
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 Posted 06/13/2019  6:30 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CCFPress to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
PCGS - From 1870, J-793a pairs the reverse of a two cent with the reverse of silver twenty five cent. To make this coin, Mint employees rolled copper and silver together to form a bi-metallic alloy. Only one example is known.

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Wow, never heard of that one!
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Yikes that is an oddity--bimetallic and bi-denominated. Looks like the two layers didn't bond together very well.
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It was in the King Farouk Collection, quite a pedigree!
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All right, I gotta be that guy.

This does not seem to fall under the definition of a pattern.

Don't get me wrong, it's really cool and all that. I'd like to have it for sure.

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Just one word. Why?
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Just two words; Why what?
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To sell to a collector.
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If mint employees tried to make that sort of mint sport today, they would end up in jail.
These days, mint errors have to be genuine, and not some sort of impossible concoction.

Patterns, design and die trials need to be made. These should never leave the Mint, either, although sometimes these types of mint product are officially sold or are given away by the Mint, and are thus become legal.

Genuine errors in some cases, can be quite common, and are unknowingly or deliberately released into circulation and the mint is very tolerant of poor mint product being found in circulation, because after release, they can do very little about it.
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These days, mint errors have to be genuine, and not some sort of impossible concoction.

Right like two tailed quarters, proof quarters struck on coins decades older, dollar/quarter mules, dimes struck on nails, dual denominations with smaller coins struck on larger pre-struck coins etc.
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