Superb Pattern specimen. Always loved the Feuchtwanger cents, and I knew about this one as well, but don't recall ever seeing any Feuchtwanger coins as nice as this one!
My favorite coin of his is the 3 Cent coin he struck dated 1864 with the eagle holding a snake. https://www.PCGS.com/coinfacts/coin...-eagle/20003FUN FACTS:
Dr. Fuechtwanger, his doctorate was in philosophy and he opened the first German pharmacy in New York City, he also practiced medicine during the cholera outbreak of 1832. Though his main interest was in chemistry. He also had two of the finest mineral collections ever formed at that time (sold one and bequeathed the other to his daughters). Later in life he had a fairly large chemical plant, buying and selling compounds all over the world.
The doctor was trying his hardest to sell the U.S. Mint on using his German Silver
for small denomination coins. His one cent coins were issued to the public with the U.S. Mint's blessing as a trial.
His composition of German silver is a copper alloy with nickel and often zinc. The usual formulation is 60% copper, 20% nickel and 20% zinc. German silver is named due to its silvery appearance, but it contains no elemental silver unless plated.
It is also commonly called by these various names; Nickel silver, Maillechort, German silver, Argentan, new silver, nickel brass, albata, and alpacca.
"Buy the Book Before You Buy the Coin" - Aaron R. Feldman - "And read it" - Me 2013! ANA
Life Member #3288 in good standing since 1982, EAC Member #6202, NBS Member, 2¢ variety collector.
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Edited by westcoin
01/30/2021 05:14 am