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    1870 Ten Dollar Struck in Copper
    Judd-1035, PR66 Brown

    1870 $10 Ten Dollar, Judd-1035, Pollock-1170, High R.7, PR66 Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The regular dies for the 1870 ten dollar gold, but struck in copper with a reeded edge. There would seem to be little (or no) need for copper die trials for a design that had been struck for decades, and in fact, examples of all of the regular-issue designs from silver dollar through twenty dollar gold are known as patterns struck in not only copper, but nickel and aluminum as well. It seems clear that a small number of large-denomination proof sets were struck, perhaps years after the date on the dies. Only a single nickel ten dollar is known from these dies, with two or three in aluminum and four or five in copper (one of them gilt).

    Any idea that these might have been struck for die trials strikes the present cataloger as hogwash. It is much more likely that these were struck for the trade in numismatic patterns that flourished sub rosa under numerous mid-19th century Mint directors and those well-connected to them. This Premium Gem proof example shows gold-tinged fields that provide a beautiful contrast against the almond-brown devices. A small dark spot at the rim below star 13 provides a pedigree marker, and there is a small lint mark below star 5. Population: 1 in 66 Brown, 0 finer (8/20).

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61284)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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