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    1869 'Koulz's Alloy' Ten Cents in Copper
    Judd-717, PR64 Red and Brown

    1869 10C Ten Cents, Judd-717, Pollock-797, Cassel-46, R.7, PR64 Red and Brown PCGS. CAC. The "Koulz's Alloy" design that uses the undated Postage Currency obverse (from 1863) with the "broken S" in STATES, paired with the reverse that displays SIL. / NIC. / COP. in the center, followed by a straight line, then the date, in exergue. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. When we sold this piece five years ago it was listed with a weight of 31.20 grains. Similar to German silver, the composition's unsuitability for use in coinage left the Mint with an experimental reverse die, but no usable experimental alloy. Pieces were struck using the SIL. / COP. / NIC. reverse in silver, nickel, and copper. This piece displays rich cherry-red color with faint traces of blue intermixed. The fields show signs of heavy die polishing which give the piece its brightly mirrored fields. The strike is sharp throughout with a few small, grade-limiting specks of carbon present.
    Ex: David Golding Sale (Stack's, 6/1952), lot 16; ANA Auction (Stack's, 8/1971), lot 402; Brinton T. Schorer (5/3/1973); Harry W. Bass Collection, Part I (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1093; Teletrade Auction 1382 (11/29/2000), lot 1148; David Cassel Collection / ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2015), lot 5963.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 70943)

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