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    1863 Postage Currency Ten Cent Pattern, Judd-327, PR62

    1863 10C Ten Cents, Judd-327, Pollock-397, High R.6, PR62 ANACS. The obverse depicts a Union shield pierced by two arrows, a simple wreath rests above. The remainder of the design consists of token-like legends; EXCHANGED FOR U.S. NOTES on the obverse, POSTAL CURRENCY ACT JULY 1862 and 10 CENTS 1863 on the reverse. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge. An early attempt to replace the despised fractional currency pieces in circulation; the two cent piece, three cent nickel, and shield nickel were eventually introduced for this purpose. Brilliant and well centered, but limited in grade by both squiggly wire marks and spotty grease stains that were both struck into the obverse at the time of manufacture. Apparently, little care was taken when this pattern piece was produced.
    These patterns have been extensively studied and a book has been published about them by David Cassel. As he points out regarding the Judd-327 and 328, there are oddball varieties of metal that were used for alloying that have never been listed, such as iron, silicon, lead, and possibly cobalt and bismuth. This piece would certainly provide ample opportunity for study should the new owner wish to pursue metallurgical testing. (#60486)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29FA, PCGS# 60486)

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    April, 2007
    9th-10th Monday-Tuesday
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