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1874 Bickford Ten in Copper
Judd-1374, PR65 Brown

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 fascinating 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. The surfaces are definitely brown but have a mixture of multicolored iridescence over each side. The brown patina does little to subdue the brightness in the proof fields. Probably the most obvious pedigree identifier is a thumbprint in the left obverse field. (NGC ID# 2AAG, PCGS# 61678)

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18th-21st
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