1870 Pattern Coins by Variety | Pattern Coins by Date

Obverse of 1870 Pattern Dime - Judd 825       Reverse of 1870 Pattern Dime - Judd 825


1870 PATTERN DIME

Variety equivalents:
Judd 825 = Pollock 915 

Rarity:  

Metal content: Silver

Edge: Reeded

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
PCGS Proof-63 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4423, where it was described as follows:  "Judd-825, Pollock-915. Silver. Reeded Edge. Hazy surfaces.  If in a spare moment you will take time to scan the list of the various Pattern coins struck between 1868 and 1871, you will see a large expansion in the number of types. According to historians, Philadelphia Mint officials were petitioned (often behind closed doors) by collectors wanting a piece of the action. Collectors had heard rumors how privileged individuals were receiving these rare and beautiful Pattern issues. Naturally, they wants some of their own; and for a time the Mint Director and his allies obliged. However, things got out of hand. A ruckus was raised (possibly by jealous outsiders), and the practice of providing specimens ended abruptly. Nonetheless, we can thank these ne'er-do-wells of yesteryear who, through their demands for a slice of the Pattern pie, encouraged a larger number of pieces to be struck than would otherwise have been the case. This relative abundance of dates from 1868 to 1871 keeps prices affordable to the average collector."

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