||1868 2C Two Cents, Judd-614, Pollock-679, Low R.7, PR64 NGC. CAC. The regular-issue dies for the two cent piece dated 1868, struck in aluminum with a plain edge. An example in the American Numismatic Rarities January 2006 sale (lot 860) was analyzed and found to contain 94.2% aluminum, 4.1% iron, and 1.5% silicon. USPatterns.com writes of the issue: "David Cassel noted on aluminum postage currency patterns that iron was often added to strengthen the planchet and silicon helped the aluminum resist corrosion." Two cent fans as well as pattern collectors will find this lot extremely appealing. Considerable contrast appears on each side of this well-preserved, well-struck near-Gem proof. Census: 2 in 64, 0 finer (8/14). Part of a complete 16-piece aluminum proof set. Ex: Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch (circa 1868); McCulloch family; Eric Newman; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $11162.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.