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    Description

    Breathtaking 1870 Half Dime in Aluminum
    Judd-819, High R.7
    PR67 ★ Ultra Cameo, Finest Known

    1870 H10C Half Dime, Judd-819, Pollock-909, High R.7, PR67 ★ Ultra Cameo NGC.
    Design.
    A seated Liberty faces left while supporting a shield with a scroll inscribed with LIBERTY on her right side and holding an olive branch in her left hand. A crudely fashioned cap and pole are suspended in the background. UNITED STATES / OF AMERICA occupies the periphery with the date, 1870, in exergue. A regular 1870 half dime reverse die was used to strike the Judd-815 through Judd-820 patterns. HALF DIME is enclosed within a wreath of corn, wheat, oak, and maple, tied with a bow at the bottom. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge.

    Commentary.
    The acquisition of a Judd-819 pattern--currently considered a High R.7 variety with less than six examples known--in any condition is cause to celebrate. Pollock identified a mere three specimens in his 1994 pattern treatise, inclusive of the piece offered here. The Dannreuther-Garrett compilation of auction records between 1990 and 2005 failed to record a single instance of a Judd-819 pattern--an astonishing testimonial to the absolute rarity of this issue--and the current sale marks the first auction appearance of this variety in 20 years.

    Physical Description.
    Incredible device-to-field contrast earned this piece an Ultra Cameo designation by NGC. The razor-sharp strike and virtually untouched surfaces combine to further justify a Superb Gem grade. Finally, the entire ensemble taken as a whole more than merits NGC's special Star designation for its phenomenal eye appeal. In a word, this special pattern is breathtaking. Census: 1 in 67 Ultra Cameo, 0 finer (11/08).

    Provenance. Ex: Reed Hawn Collection (Stack's, 3/1977), lot 767.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (NGC ID# 5PPR, PCGS# 61063)


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

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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