1863 Pattern Dime
Adams-Woodin = Judd 330a = Pollock 401
Rarity: Extremely Rare
Metal content: Nickel
Images courtesy of Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.
PCGS Proof-65 (illustrated
above). Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins &
Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3,
2000, Lot 590, where it was described (in part) as follows: "Postage
currency, nickel, reeded edge. This is one of the very rare examples
of emergency issues during the Civil War. The obverse depicts a
shield with two arrows crossed behind, and an inverted laurel wreath
above suspended by a ring. On the obverse, the inscription reads
EXCHANGED FOR U.S. NOTES. The reverse is very plain, it reads
POSTAGE CURRENCY, ACT JULY 1862, with 10 CENTS 1863 at the center.
This coin is well struck, with reflective fields and satiny devices.
A few very minute tick marks can be seen, as well as some trivial
toning flecks. One of only two graded by NGC and PCGS, both
the same grade, and possibly the same coin as it may be been
submitted to each for their respective opinions. Whatever the case,
this is an extremely rare pattern issue and it is amazing that it
has survived in gem condition all these years. Probably the
DiBello coin (Stack's 1970)."