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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 31, July 30, 2006, Article 34

PLATINUM AND ALUMINUM PATTERN INFORMATION SOUGHT

Andy Lustig writes: "I need some help understanding a couple of
U.S. experimental patterns. The first is the platinum 1814 half
dollar, which we know to have been struck in 1814. I consider it
likely that this is really a trial piece for a platinum eagle, and
the half dollar dies were used because that's all that was on hand.
However, to bolster my case, it would help to know what platinum was
worth in 1814. I have been unable to find the answer. Maybe one of
the E-Sylum's inmates can help.

The second piece is an 1855 half dollar struck in aluminum, and the
question is the same. What was aluminum worth in 1855?

Finally, does anyone know anything about the history of these coins
that is not reported in Pollock or Judd?"

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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