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    1870 Half Dime Pattern, PR66 Red and Brown
    Judd-821, High R.7

    1870 H10C Half Dime, Judd-821, Pollock-911, High R.7, PR66 Red and Brown NGC.
    Design.
    Judd-821 to Judd-824 patterns are actually trial pieces struck from regular dies, but on copper, aluminum, or nickel planchets. As such, the design is identical to a regular issue 1870 Seated half dime; Liberty, holding a pole and cap in her left hand, sits on a rock while supporting a shield and a ribbon bearing her name. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA circles the obverse periphery, with the date below. The reverse features the denomination HALF DIME within an ornate wreath of corn, wheat, maple, and oak leaves. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

    Commentary.
    Technically speaking, Judd-821 is a die trial, although it is generally referred to as a pattern. The current offering is one of seven patterns purchased at the March 1973 Stack's auction of the Reed Hawn Collection, and every piece was of the half dime denomination. Each example is of unusually high quality and the current offering is not an exception.

    Physical Description.
    Red coloration dominates the surfaces of this Premium Gem proof, despite the Red and Brown designation by NGC. The strike is bold and there are no distractions worthy of individual mention, save for a small carbon spot well-concealed within the left (facing) wreath. Documented in Pollock at 19.3 grains with a diameter of 0.605 inches. There are a mere 4 instances of the Judd-821 being graded at NGC and PCGS combined, with this piece as the finest certified. Complete NGC Census: 1 in PR65 Brown Cameo and 1 in PR66 Red and Brown. Complete PCGS Population: 1 PR65 Brown and 1 PR65 Red and Brown (12/08).

    Provenance.
    Ex: Reed Hawn Collection (Stack's, 3/1977), lot 769.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.


    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29UY, PCGS# 61065)


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