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    1916 Pattern Mercury Dime, PR58
    Judd-1981 (formerly 1794)
    Only Two Known in Private Collections

    1916 10C Mercury Dime, Judd-1981, formerly Judd-1794, Pollock-2038, R.8 PR58 PCGS. This particular pattern is distinguished by the long, tapering neck of Liberty and the distance of the T in LIBERTY from Liberty's cap. No periods are apparent between the letters on the obverse. The letters on each side are also noticeably thinner than on regular strikings, perhaps due, in part, to the polishing done to the die prior to striking this coin. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. USPatterns.com and Roger Burdette state that only the Pollock-2038 variant exists, the former Pollock-2037 having been merged into this single number now.
    As one would expect, this is an extremely rare pattern. Sometimes years will pass before the appearance of an example. The story that explains why these patterns were found in circulation is related in depth in Pollock's reference. An abbreviated version is that Mint Director Robert Woolley had these patterns and other coins in his home. In the 1920s his home was robbed and the thieves took anything of value, including his coin collection. Several Mercury dime patterns were included, but apparently the thieves were not able to discern their value as they looked to them like any other 1916 Mercury dime. Thus, they found their way into circulation as common dates and collectors had to discover them and reintroduce them to numismatists.
    This piece shows only slight friction over the high points. Each side is toned in shades of deep blue and rose. This piece is not easily identifiable, but the enlarged photo on the USPatterns website helps. There is a very shallow planchet flaw between the back of Liberty's head and the T in LIBERTY (barely visible on the coin), another tiny flaw is located below the central horizontal bands on the fasces, and a couple of other tiny planchet flaws or abrasions are barely noticeable in the fields.
    Ex: Worrell Collection (Superior (9/1993), lot 610; Pre-Long Beach Auction (Superior (5/2004), lot 2236; Southern Collection; Samuel Berngard Collection (Stack's, 7/2008), lot 4245.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AMN, PCGS# 62279)


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