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    1863 Postage Currency Pattern in Billon
    Judd-326A, PR64, 81% Copper / 19% Silver

    1863 10C Ten Cents, Judd-326A, Pollock-394, Cassel-1, High R.6, PR64 PCGS. 24.8 grains. Another Postage Currency pattern from 1863, struck in billon and with a plain edge. While these billon pieces seem numerous, they are, in fact, individual compositions. This particular piece contains 81% copper and 19% silver, reasonably close to the 75 / 25 composition expected for billon coinage. This example was originally purchased by David Cassel as a silver Judd-325. With SEM-EDX testing conducted by S&N Labs on certificate number 60485.64/4137217 it turned out to be a much scarcer billon striking. Examination of the piece shows how one could be easily confused. The surfaces show a confirmed brightness, in part from the proof finish but in part also from the silver content. Otherwise each side displays an "autumn leaves" display of toning. Fully struck, of course.
    Ex: Superior (5/1994), lot 1175, as a Judd-325; to David Cassel.
    From The David Cassel Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29F8, PCGS# 60485)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    August, 2015
    12th-16th Wednesday-Sunday
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