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1863 Ten Cent Postage Currency Pattern
1863 10C Ten Cents, Judd-326, Pollock-395, High R.7, PR64+ Red
and Brown PCGS. Ex: Bass/ANA Museum Display-Simpson. The
obverse bears a central shield with intersecting arrows behind and
a ring atop, from which depends an inverted laurel wreath framing
the shield left and right. EXCHANGED FOR / U.S. NOTES occupies the
periphery. The reverse shows two rosettes separating POSTAGE
CURRENCY and ACT JULY 1862, with 10 CENTS 1863 on three lines in
the center. Metallurgical analyses done in 2014 (no paperwork
included now) indicated that this piece is struck from pure copper,
not in the purported billon composition of 75% copper / 25% silver
as per earlier (pre-eighth) editions of Judd and the Bass Museum
Sylloge. Struck with a reeded edge. The strike is in medallic
Judd-326, PR64+ Red and Brown
Second Confirmed Example
This piece is certified as Judd-326 by NGC and weighs 35 grains according to its prior (2014) documentation. Author David Cassel (United States Postage Currency Pattern Coins, 2007), clearly suspected the Bass reeded edge coin was pure copper, writing in 2007, "Three of the four known reeded edge pure or virtually pure copper coins having no silver are held in perpetuity in museum collections [Bass, Byron Reed (tested), and J.C. Mitchelson]." The surfaces are beautifully lustrous on each side, with medium-brown devices contrasting well against field colors of orange, mint, lilac, and saffron.
Ex: Numismatics, Ltd., August 12, 1974, from an unspecified trade; Harry W. Bass Research Foundation; ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2014), lot 5798.
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535038)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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