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    1868 Ten Cent Pattern
    Judd-641A, Bright and Flashy PR65
    Remotely Related to Postage Currency Issues

    1868 10C Ten Cents, Judd-641A, Pollock-713, Cassel-30, Unique, PR65 NGC. 31.64 grains. The obverse is the regular issue design of the Seated Liberty dime except with no date. The reverse is similar to the regular issue Seated Liberty design with the date and a star inside the wreath. Struck in copper-nickel alloy with a reeded edge. The obverse is from the same undated, vigorously polished obverse die used to strike the undated mules that were paired with the Postage Currency reverse; thus making these pieces distantly related to the Postage Currency series. SEM-EDX testing conducted by Ledoux & Company on certificate number 581886-002 revealed the composition of this piece as: 76% copper, 23% nickel, 0.3% cobalt, 0.2% iron, and 0.1% silicon. It is David Cassel's opinion that the presence of small amounts of silicon, iron, and cobalt account for the better flash and contrast of this piece than the Friedberg, Eliasberg, or Wolfe examples. To us this seems doubtful since these elements are present in such small amounts. It seems more likely this was simply a well-produced and well-preserved pattern. The fields show the expected die polishing marks, and they are exceptionally deep in mirrored reflectivity. Additionally, the devices display significant mint frost, giving the coin considerable field-device contrast on each side. Just a hint of pale golden-rose toning is present across each side. The devices are fully struck in all areas.
    Ex: National Money Show Auction (Superior, 3/2000), lot 655; Donald Kagin and Andy Lustig; David Cassel.
    From The David Cassel Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29NW, PCGS# 60859)


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