1870 H10C Standard Silver Half Dime, Judd-811, Pollock-899, Low R.7, PR65 Red and Brown NGC....
1870 Standard Silver Half Dime, Judd-8111870 H10C Standard Silver Half Dime, Judd-811, Pollock-899, Low R.7, PR65 Red and Brown NGC.
PR65 Red and Brown
PR65 Red and Brown
Design. A seated Liberty faces left while supporting a shield with a scroll inscribed with LIBERTY on her right side and holding an olive branch in her left hand. A crudely fashioned cap atop a pole awkwardly looms in the background. UNITED STATES / OF AMERICA occupies the periphery with the date, 1870, in exergue. The reverse design features the denomination, 5 CENTS, enclosed within a wreath of cotton and corn tied with a bow at the bottom. The legend STANDARD--in smaller letters--is at the upper periphery. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
Commentary. The Judd-809 through Judd-814 half dime patterns are described as "numismatic productions" in the ninth edition of the Judd reference. Q. David Bowers elaborates in The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Museum Sylloge: "In 1870, silver half dimes did not circulate in the East or Midwest, nor had they since the summer of 1862. By this time the nickel five cent piece was well established (having been introduced in 1866), and there were no plans to create a new half dime design. The Coinage Act of 1873 abolished the half dime." In other words, the Mint produced the Standard Silver half dime patterns for the benefit of numismatists, as well as the coffers of certain officials and insiders.
Physical Description. Ample red coloration adorns this Gem pattern; there is actually more red than brown. Three carbon flecks are present on the obverse: one on the E of AMERICA, another below the final A of the same legend, and an insignificant speck in the left obverse field. Otherwise the strike is bold, and the surfaces are well preserved. NGC Census: 1 in PR65 Red and Brown, with 1 PR65 Red finer. PCGS Population: None in PR65 Red and Brown, none finer in Red and Brown, with 2 pieces graded PR64 Red (12/08).
Provenance. Ex: Reed Hawn Collection (Stack's, 3/1977), lot 762.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (PCGS# 71055)
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