1863 H10C Half Dime, Judd-324, Pollock-389, R.8, PR64 PCGS...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1863 Half Dime in Aluminum, PR64
1863 H10C Half Dime, Judd-324, Pollock-389, R.8, PR64 PCGS.
CAC. Ex: Simpson. The design is that of the regular-issue
silver 1863-dated half dimes, but here struck with an open D (in
UNITED) die in aluminum, and with a reeded edge.
Judd-324 Backdated Novodel
Post-1870 Broken D Hub
The open D die indicates a post-1870 restrike. The half dime hub that produced this die was introduced in 1871; besides the defective D, the letters RI in AMERICA are joined at the bottom. Almost all working proof half dime dies of 1871-73 show the same open D, per the Walter Breen Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins (1977). In Breen's Proof Encyclopedia (1988), he further commented that from 1871 on, the "top of D [is] injured except where corrected by hand on an occasional working die." USPatterns.com calls these patterns in the various metals "backdated novodels."
About three pieces are known of the Judd-324. This example displays bright surfaces with some of the diagonal striations typical of aluminum planchets. Some roughness appears at the extreme obverse rim above F AM. There is a small gap in the rim above IT. An interesting and rare coin.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29F4, PCGS# 60481)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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