Click to enlargeJ299-J300/P359-P362

The mint's first experiment with bronze. Photo courtesy of Bowers and Merena. Examples were struck in the following formats.

J299/P359. This is a very popular pattern with about 200 known and is very difficult to find with a significant amount of red color. They were struck on both thick 75 grain and thin 49 grain planchets - see below - and usually have medal alignment. Only 2 examples have been confirmed having the normal head over heals coin alignment. The Eckfeldt journal notes the following for two November 1863 strikings of the thin planchet variety.

Examples are also known in pure copper J299A/P359A on both thin and thick planchets. Less than a half dozen are confirmed.

J300/P360-P362. These all have a reeded edge and were struck from two obverse dies differing in date placement as shown below with the high date first:

Examples are as follows:

High date proof format J300/P360. About a dozen or so are known.

Low date proof format J300/P361. About a half dozen are known.

Low date uncirculated format J300/P362. About a half dozen are known. According to Judd and Pollock, examples with fake reeding are also known. The notation in Pollock about an 1865 Cogan sale being the first appearance for this is slightly wrong. It actually appeared as lot 1198 in Bangs & Company's April 1865 Joseph N.T. Levick sale.

Edge photo courtesy of Rick Snow. Date photos courtesy of Heritage. Eckfeldt journal images courtesy of Alan Meghrig.