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    1916 Mercury Dime Pattern, PR12
    Judd-1982, Pollock-2040
    One of Two Pieces Known

    1916 P10C Mercury Dime, Judd-1982 (formerly Judd-1794), Pollock-2040, R.8, PR12 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. One of four known pattern variations of Adolph Weinman's Mercury dime, struck in silver with a reeded edge. The differences between the patterns are mostly minute, with alterations to the angle and styling of the head, the date numerals, and the spacing between the peripheral legends and the rim. Judd-1982 differs from the adopted design in several ways: Liberty's portrait is modeled to angle forward slightly, the border legends nearly contact the rims, and the date is positioned further beneath Liberty's bust with stylized numerals.

    There are only two examples of Judd-1982 known -- this one, and a piece that first appeared at auction in 2005. Both coins are circulated. This example, commonly known as the Robinson specimen, is believed to have been found in circulation in the 1950s. Although this piece has been frequently plated for numismatic articles -- three times in 1970 for Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine and Coin World -- as well as various editions of the Judd book, its public auction appearances have been limited. It was last seen in a 2008 Stack's sale. All Mercury dime patterns are major rarities and seldom come up for auction, and like their Walking Liberty half dollar and Standing Liberty quarter counterparts, they have significant cross-over appeal between pattern collectors and advanced specialists of the regular series.

    The surfaces are smooth pearl-gray with grade-consistent wear. A remnant of a print in the left obverse margin attests to the originality of the surfaces and hardly impacts the appeal of this tremendous, historic rarity.
    Ex: Samuel J. Berngard / S.S. New York Treasure (Stack's, 7/2008), lot 4247.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61900)


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