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    1863 Ten Cent Postage Currency Pattern
    Judd-326, PR64 Red and Brown
    Second Confirmed Example

    1863 10C Ten Cents, Judd-326, Pollock-395, R.8, PR64 Red and Brown NGC. CAC. Ex: Bass/ANA Museum Display. Thick planchet, 35 grains, according to the accompanying inventory tag (which notes, "Weigh!"). 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 recently were performed at NGC and the results received just today (July 1, 2014), indicating 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. The piece is struck with a reeded edge, visible in the NGC holder. The strike is in medallic alignment.

    This piece is certified as Judd-326 by NGC and weighs 35 grains according to its documentation. Author David Cassel (United States Postage Currency Pattern Coins, revised edition, 2007), writes extensively of the Judd-326, the most cogent point being that the Judd-326 definition was revised in the eighth edition of Judd. The old definition of Judd-326, per Judd seventh edition, was reeded edge, 75% copper/25% silver, either thin planchet (25.25 grains) or thick planchet (38.25 grains). Both of those are either unconfirmed or discredited. The new definition of Judd-326, as of the eighth edition and continuing through the current 10th edition, is reeded edge, pure copper. Cassel 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 fourth and only collectible example is the Cassel Collection #13." This Bass coin, a true "Judd-326," now makes the second collectible example. 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. Accompanied by an inventory tag showing provenance. HBCC-6050 (Bass Sylloge number).
    Selections From The Harry Bass, Jr. Foundation's A.N.A. Museum Display. (PCGS# 60484)


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