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    The Finest Graded Judd-810 Pattern
    1870 Standard Silver Half Dime
    High R.7, PR66 Cameo

    1870 H10C Standard Silver Half Dime, Judd-810, Pollock-898, High R.7, PR66 Cameo NGC.
    Design.
    A seated Liberty faces left while supporting a shield with a scroll inscribed LIBERTY on her right side and holding an olive branch in her left hand. A crudely fashioned cap atop a pole awkwardly looms in the background. UNITED STATES / OF AMERICA occupies the periphery with the date, 1870, in exergue. The reverse design features the denomination, 5 / CENTS, enclosed within a wreath of cotton and corn that is tied with a bow at the bottom. The legend STANDARD--in smaller letters--is at the upper periphery. Struck in silver with a plain edge.

    Commentary.
    Judd-809 through Judd-814 patterns of 1870 introduced the first and only use of the half dime denomination for the Standard Silver series, a type that was absent from the 1869 issues. William Barber's obverse die is the same used to strike the 1870 three cent silver patterns, Judd-796 through Judd-801.

    Physical Description.
    Deeply mirrored surfaces surrounding frosty devices are the most noticeable attributes of this well-struck survivor. Variegated blue and rose coloration, although subtle, is observed when viewed under direct light. This piece is the first in Andrew Pollock's 1994 roster, where he describes it as weighing 19.0 grains with a diameter of 0.600 inches. The NGC Census Report records only two pieces: the current offering--the only Cameo representative--and a PR62 example. PCGS documents four specimens, the finest a PR64 Cameo.

    Provenance.
    Ex: Reed Hawn Collection (Stack's, 3/1977), lot 761.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61054)


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