1868 10C Ten Cents, Judd-644, Pollock-716, Cassel-18, Low ...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1868 Postage Currency Ten Cents
1868 10C Ten Cents, Judd-644, Pollock-716, Cassel-18, Low R.7,
PR66 PCGS. A Postage Currency related pattern, dated 1868. The
obverse has a central shield with diagonal arrows behind, EXCHANGED
FOR above and U.S. NOTES below. The reverse is a variant of the
adopted design with the central wreath surrounding ONE DIME, a
six-pointed star above and the date below. Struck in nickel with a
reeded edge. This series of patterns have less advanced die cracks
than their 1863 counterparts. The particular charm of these coins
lies in the date, as explained by David Cassel:
Struck in Nickel
" ... these coins dated 1868 ... were produced in May 1863 before most of the Dies 1-A coins as piéces de caprice for collectors. The several I have seen do not appear to be restrikes but appear to be Mint date logo punch errors. I am not aware of any patterns that were struck five years in anticipation of the expectation of a need."
This is a brightly mirrored piece that shows only slight golden toning on each side.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29NX, PCGS# 60862)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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