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1874 $10 Bickford Ten Dollar, Judd-1374, Pollock-1519, Low R.6, PR65 Brown PCGS. The obverse depicts a bust of Liberty faci...

2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422

 
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Auction Ended On: Jan 3, 2007
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Location: Orlando, FL
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Fascinating 1874 Bickford Ten Dollar in Copper, Judd-1374
1874 $10 Bickford Ten Dollar, Judd-1374, Pollock-1519, Low R.6, PR65 Brown PCGS. The obverse depicts a bust of Liberty facing left with the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above and the date below. Liberty wears a diadem inscribed with the word LIBERTY and ornamented with six stars. The weight 16.72 GRAMS, the standard of the metal 900 FINE, and the word UBIQUE are centered on the reverse. Around the periphery is the U.S. denomination DOLLARS 10 and the following international equivalents: STERLING (Pound) 2.1.1; MARKEN 41.99; KRONEN 37.31; GULDEN 20.73; and FRANCS 51.81. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. This fascination pattern was born out of Dana Bickford's proposal to create a coin whose value was fixed in relation to that of the world's currencies. Its adoption for circulation would have placed the international monetary system on the gold standard. Most of the specimens we have handled in the past have been gilt, but that is not the case here. Well mirrored surfaces display muted amber color at certain angles and when tilted reveal flashes of blue and rose-violet iridescence. (PCGS# 61678)

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