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    1863 Postage Currency Ten Cents in Billon
    Judd-326A, PR64, 90.6% Copper / 9.4% Silver
    Ex: Gschwend / Friedberg

    1863 10C Ten Cents, Judd-326A, Pollock-394, Cassel-11, High R.6, PR64 PCGS. 24.7 grains. The obverse features the usual heraldic shield with arrows, surrounded by an inverted laurel wreath, with the inscription EXCHANGED FOR U.S. NOTES around. The reverse shows the denomination 10 CENTS in two lines above the date, with the inscriptions POSTAGE CURRENCY and ACT JULY 1862 around. Struck in billon with a plain edge. Among the numerous coins tested by SEM-EDX analysis, David Cassel found the composition varied from a low of 9.4% silver, 90.6% copper (this piece) to a high of 39.2% silver, 60.8% copper. This example was tested by S&N Labs on certificate number 60485.64/4646241. As with most billon coins, they are easily confused with copper or bronze, and as a result their pedigrees are problematic prior to the advent of metallurgical testing. However, David Cassel has traced this piece back to 1908 with a high degree of confidence. Nevertheless, this piece does look like a copper or bronze pattern with its deep brown surfaces. Slight blue patina can be seen on each side in addition to spots on the obverse (that we are not convinced are carbon). Fully struck throughout.
    Ex: Peter Gschwend Collection (Thomas Elder, 6/1908), lot 218 (as brass); George H. Blake; ANA Auction (Stack's, 8/1971), lot 381; to Milton R. Friedberg; Milton R. Friedberg Collection (C.A.A., 1/1997), lot 1121; ANA Auction (C.A.A., 7-8/1997), lot 7262; to David Cassel.
    From The David Cassel Collection.

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


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