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    Gem Proof Cupro-Nickel 1869 Dime Pattern, Judd-717A

    1869 10C Ten Cents, Judd-717A, Pollock-798, R.7(?), PR65 PCGS. 46.6 grains. The obverse is similar to the regular issue, but without the date in exergue. The reverse has SIL. NIC. COP. with the date slightly curved below and in a smaller font. This second reverse design pattern has a reeded edge and was supposedly struck in the unworkable alloy of silver, nickel, and copper: Koulz's alloy. A SEM-EDX analysis (#3504497) was performed (but the report is now lost), indicating the coin is actually 75.7% copper and 23.9% nickel, that is to say, coin nickel. This flashy Gem is untoned and deeply mirrored in the fields with light frost on the devices, which yields a moderate cameo contrast.
    Ex: Linderman; Olsen; Ten Eyck; Ruby Collection (Superior, 2/75), lot 884, where it was cataloged as a Judd-716. The coin's weight was calculated by Gene Wolfe to be 46.56 grains and the specific gravity 8.99. (NGC ID# 29S2, PCGS# 60944)


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    July, 2003
    26th-28th Saturday-Monday
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