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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 40, October 1, 2000, Article 10

CATALOGING U.S. PATTERNS 

   David Cassel writes: "Today, I received my Stack's 65th 
   Anniversary Sale Catalog - October 17, 18, 19, 2000. 
   I  draw your attention the paragraph on page 151, just 
   below U. S. Pattern Coins: 

   "The following offering of U. S. Patterns contains a number of 
   coins struck in metals of heretofore inconclusive composition. 
   As has been the practice of modern specialists in this field, we 
   have listed all possible corresponding Judd numbers for each 
   coin in question.  Those successful bidders who wish to 
   perform the appropriate metallurgical tests may at such time be 
   able to further pinpoint the actual makeup." 

   I commend Stack's for this acknowledgment and would 
   suggest that they add to this paragraph for future use the 
   admonition that the possibility exists of finding coins that do 
   not appropriately fit into the existing Judd numbering system. 
   For example, in my area of specialization, Postage Currency 
   Coins, the reeded edge pure copper coin previously thought 
   to be billon (J-326) contains no silver and, has no niche in 
   Judd's system.  Likewise, the several varieties with previously 
   unknown metal alloys such as aluminum alloyed with iron, or 
   tin alloyed with lead, or tin alloyed with iron similarly have no 
   niche in the Judd numbering system.  Hopefully, other auction 
   firms will follow the lead of  Stack's, and other collectors will 
   have metallurgical testing performed on their coins, and who 
   knows, maybe discover some rarities." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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