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    1869 SIL. / NIC. Dime Pattern
    Judd-714, PR64
    Cupro-Nickel Experimental Strike

    1869 10C Ten Cents, Judd-714, Pollock-793, Cassel-22, Low R.7, PR64 PCGS. 30.9 grains. The obverse features the regular issue Liberty Seated design without the date. The reverse is inscribed SIL. 9 / NIC. 1 / 1869. Struck in cupro-nickel composition with a reeded edge. While one would naturally assume (as did Adams-Woodin and the early editions of the Judd book) that this pattern would be a metallurgical trial for a silver / nickel alloy, that has not turned out to be the case. The only pieces known of this pattern are in copper-nickel alloy. This particular piece was SEM-EDX tested by S&N Labs on certificate number 60939.64/2510321 and turned out to be 75% copper and 25% nickel. The surfaces have the "hard" look of a nickel coin with satiny mint luster and light oil-slick iridescence over each side. In spite of the high nickel content, the strike details are strongly brought up, and there are no obvious or detracting abrasions. A light streak of discoloration through the S in SIL. Is noted, and is an easy pedigree identifier. Fine diagonal die striations are seen to the upper-right of the figure of Liberty, a characteristic of all patterns in this series.
    Ex: David B. Silberman, Jr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 5392; ANA Signature Auction (Heritage, 8/1998), lot 5103; David Cassel.
    From The David Cassel Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29RV, PCGS# 60939)


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