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    1866 Dime, Allegedly in Silver-Nickel
    Judd-535, PR66+ Cameo

    1866 10C Dime, Judd-535, Pollock-599, R.7, PR66+ Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. Both obverse and reverse dies are the familiar design used to strike regular-issue dimes in 1866. Struck in nickel with a reeded edge. This design was reportedly struck in two compositions, nickel and silver-nickel. Modern researchers doubt that the silver-nickel coins exist (see USPatterns.com). Robert Coulton Davis listed the issue as number 232 in his pioneering work on patterns. Davis indicated that the pattern was struck in nickel, and made no mention of the silver-nickel alloy. An early auction appearance of the pattern was in the Parmelee Collection (New York Coin and Stamp, 6/1890), lot 159. The lot description reads, "1866 Dime: same as regular issue, but in silver-nickel alloy: proof; rare." It is possible that the Parmelee description is the source of the silver-nickel composition story. William Woodin purchased coins at the Parmelee sale, and the piece may have ended up in his collection. Adams and Woodin picked up the silver-nickel alloy story and listed the variety as number 540 in their 1913 work on patterns. The issue has been listed in pattern references ever since. Testing of known specimens needs to be done to settle this question. Experts estimate less than six examples are extant. The surfaces are bright with highly reflective fields and thick mint frost that provides cameo contrast. Lightly toned over each side.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 534924)


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