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1868 10C J-641

2000 F.U.N. Signature Sale #218

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Auction Ended On: Jan 7, 2000
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Dateless Muling of Postage Currency Obverse with Cereal Wreath Reverse, Judd-641
The next two coins, or "mules," are fantasy pieces, that is, a pairing of odd dies that are not suitably regarded, as for instance, a two-headed coin. These coins have the obverse die element in common with the J-331 series of postage currency patterns. Obviously, there is no message conveyed that relates to the Postage Currency Act of July 1862. Like the J-331B above, the basic obverse design was created by Christian Gobrecht in 1836. In 1859, James Longacre redesigned the obverse and created a new reverse design. Reeded edge dimes were struck with the dateless Seated Liberty obverse die created during the transition period of 1859-1860. (Note the broken S serif of the first S in STATES). This die was paired with the cereal wreath reverse with six-pointed star over ONE DIME and the small 1868 date beneath ONE DIME, created during the transition period of 1859-1860.

1868 Ten Cents, Judd-641, Pollock-713, Low R.7, PR 64 PCGS. 32.7 grains. The obverse is similar to the regular issue, but without the date in exergue. The reverse displays ONE DIME, the date 1868, and a six-pointed star in the center, all of which is enclosed in a cereal wreath. Struck in cupro-nickel with a reeded edge. A SEM-EDX analysis (#3504482) was performed, indicating the coin is 77.1 copper and 22.9% nickel.
Die striations diagonally cross the obverse--a trait common to this obverse die--and a light, even layering of golden-rose toning covers each side of this brightly mirrored piece. According to Mr. Wolfe, this piece was struck in 1869, along with the Judd 331B and Judd-642 pieces. This will be proved in a future article to be published by Gene Wolfe. To aid in identifying the coin in the future, there is a tiny stain on the left side of the I in DIME.
Mr. Wolfe purchased this cupro-nickel pattern from the N.A.S.C. Auction (Kosoff, 2/70), lot 1494. He later calculated the coin's specific gravity at 8.99. Another example of the J-641 can be found in The Harry W. Bass Foundation Collection. (PCGS# 60859)

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