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Elusive 1869 Ten Cent Trial Piece in Nickel, PR64
Judd-720, Less Than Six Known

1869 10C Ten Cents, Judd-720, Pollock-801, High R.7, PR64 NGC.
Design.
Judd-718 to Judd-720 patterns are actually trial pieces struck from regular dies, but on copper, aluminum, or nickel planchets. As such, the design is identical to a regular issue 1869 Seated dime: Liberty, holding a pole and cap in her left hand, sits on a rock while supporting a shield and a ribbon bearing her name. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA circles the obverse periphery, with the date below. The reverse features the denomination, ONE DIME, within an ornate wreath of corn, wheat, maple, and oak leaves. Struck in nickel with a reeded edge.

Commentary.
The authors of the USPatterns.com website comment on this issue: "Although these are described as regular die trial pieces in the standard references, it is more likely that the off-metal 'trials' of this year were deliberately struck for sale to collectors." Regardless of the purpose or exact origin of Judd-720, we know that few have survived. The combined population at NGC and PCGS is seven examples--an inflated figure caused by resubmissions and/or crossover submissions (10/08). The USPatterns.com website suggests that about three or four pieces are known, while Judd's United States Pattern Coins, ninth edition, indicates a rarity of High R.7, or four to six extant examples.

Physical Description.
The design features on this piece are moderately struck on the obverse and poorly defined on the reverse, probably due to the hardness of the nickel planchet. Pleasing gunmetal-gray coloration blankets both sides of this reflective piece. A minuscule toning spot in the lower D of UNITED and a similar spot in the upper right wreath (facing) shall serve as pedigree identifiers for future researchers and collectors. NGC Census: one PR64 (this piece), one PR66 Cameo. PCGS Population: two PR63 and one each in PR62, PR64, PR65. Seven certified examples, with likely duplications (11/08).

Provenance.
Ex: Stack's private treaty transaction.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (NGC ID# 29S5, PCGS# 60947)

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