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1871 Standard Silver Dime in Aluminum
1871 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-1076, Pollock-1212,
R.8, PR64+ PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Weight: 11.1 grains. Diameter:
0.702 inches. Die alignment: 180 degrees. The obverse is the
posthumous James B. Longacre Indian Princess design, in a starless
field with date in exergue. The reverse shows 10 / CENTS, the
latter in an upcurving arc, surrounded by a wreath of corn and
cotton, with STANDARD in tiny letters at the upper rim. Struck in
aluminum with a reeded edge. The narrow obverse rim and wide
reverse rim is the result of different diameter coinage dies. The
design was also struck in silver (Judd-1074) and copper
Only Two Examples Traced
The rarity of elemental aluminum -- a highly reactive metal usually found in natural alloys -- until the late 1880s and early 1890s makes many aluminum patterns, including the present piece, considerably more elusive than their counterparts in silver or copper. USPatterns.com has traced only two examples of Judd-1076, this coin and the PR66 Deep Cameo PCGS example from the Eric P. Newman Collection.
The beautifully smooth, quicksilver surfaces of this sharply detailed Choice specimen show some trivial hairlines, but the cameo appearance of this piece, due equally to the empty obverse field and lack of mentionable distractions, provides undeniable appeal. Population: 1 in 64 (1 in 64+), 0 finer (4/20).
Ex: Auction '84 (Paramount, 7/1984), lot 534; Hoffecker Collection (Superior, 2/1987), lot 954A; David Queller; Lemus Collection (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1795; Simpson Collection.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2A3D, PCGS# 61335)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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