1855

This was a quiet year on the pattern front. Experiments on a smaller cent continued using the flying eagle design of last year on 2 of that year's reverses J172/P198.



The first testing of aluminum occurs with the striking of a half dollar J175/P202



A gold dollar J175A/P203 trial struck in white metal is also listed in the reference works. Its genuineness has been questioned.

Photos used courtesy of Bowers and Merena and the "Numismatic Collection, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Princeton University Library."

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