1868 10C J-642, BN
Associated Postage Currency Pattern, Struck in Copper, Judd-6421868 Ten Cents, Judd-642, Pollock 714, R.8, PR 63 Lacquered. 27.46 grains. The obverse and reverse designs are the same as the Judd-641 above, but here struck in copper with a reeded edge. The surfaces are bright from cleaning and show rich cherry-red color with a thick coating of lacquer over each side. King Farouk had the reputation of polishing some of his coins and then lacquering the cleaned coin to preserve its appearance. Unfortunately, the lacquer was unable to be removed from this piece, and a scientific SEM-EDX analysis could not be performed. The composition of this coin could range from pure copper to one that has a very high copper content with a small amount of alloy. The Harry W. Bass Judd-642 coin had a similar weight of 28.05 grains and was analyzed to contain 97.65% copper with 2.35% iron, but it was not lacquered. According to Gene Wolfe, this piece was actually struck in 1869, as were the Judd-331B and 641 coins. This emission sequence will be proved in a future article to be written by Mr. Wolfe.
Sol Kaplan purchased this coin from Sotheby's Palace Collection of King Farouk of Egypt (February-March, 1954), lot 1815. Formerly owned by Woodin and Schulman. Hans Schulman sold this coin to King Farouk. Mr. Wolfe purchased the piece from Sol Kaplan in 1972. He later calculated its weight at 27.46 grains and the specific gravity test resulted in a score of 8.99. In addition to the Gene H. Wolfe Collection, another example of this coin can be found in the J.C. Mitchelson Connecticut State Library Collection. (PCGS# 60860)
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