|Bowers & Merena||Auction||The June 2010 Baltimore Auction||Jun-2010||Sherman's Obsessive Compulsive||1896 Pattern Cent. Judd-1768a, Pollock-1984. Rarity-7-. Proof-64 BN (NGC). The central device on the obverse is a shield with 13 stripes, over which a scroll inscribed LIBERTY is draped. Behind the shield are two crossed poles bearing a liberty cap and a small eagle. The Latin motto E PLURIBUS UNUM is above, the date 1896 is below and 13 stars are arranged at the border seven left, six right. The eagle's head is centered under the letter S in PLURIBUS. On the reverse a curved olive sprig encircles the denomination 1 CENT with the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the border. The upright of the letter T in CENT points to the base of the upright of the digit 1. Struck in brass with a plain edge.
Mottled copper-brown patina with sandy-tan color peering through here and there around the centers. Sharply struck, smooth and very appealing at the near-Gem grade level. The use of the color designation BN on the NGC insert is curious for a coin that is supposed to have been struck in brass, as the Judd-1768a attribution suggests. (The coin has the "look" of a bronze striking and may actually be an example of Judd-1768, but we leave the final determination in this regard to the bidder).