1849 P3CS Three Cent Silver, Judd-113 Original, Pollock-127, High R.7

Popularly known as the Ugly Duckling, this pattern combines "Arabic" and Roman numerals 3 and III, one on each side, with no other legends, date, denomination, or other device. Not only is this a "coin without a country," it is a numerator without a denominator, a quantity with no units. Struck in a "silver-copper alloy of unknown proportions," according to Judd, with a plain edge.

Struck as both originals (per Judd) and restrikes, the last of which Judd notes are probably in 90% silver. Saul Teichman of USPatterns.com believes all are post-1849 restrikes. Pollock notes that the Lemus Collection piece, presumably this one, weighs 19.2 grains (which Teichman notes is "the same as a standard half dime planchet"), with diameter 0.594 in. Teichman concurs that these pieces "are more likely standard coin silver as opposed to being 50% silver, 50% copper," adding that perhaps a dozen exist.

PR64 $11,500.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1849 P3CS Three Cent Silver, Judd-114, Pollock-128, Low R.7

An unusually crude and simple design, one side has a large Arabic 3, the other depicts a Roman III. The denticles are slanted and toothlike. A mule of the reverses for Judd-111 and Judd-112. Struck in copper-nickel with a plain edge. Fewer than a dozen of these pieces are believed extant.

PR64 $4,025.00 (Apr 30, 2009 HA.com)
"Big 3" Three Cents Patterns
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