1871 Pattern Coins by Variety | Pattern Coins by Date

Obverse of Judd 1073       Reverse of Judd 1073


1871 PATTERN HALF DIME

Variety equivalents:
Adams-Woodin = Judd 1073 = Pollock 1209

Rarity: Extremely Rare

Metal content: Nickel

Edge: Reeded
   

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Notes:
No Judd 1073's have been graded by PCGS.  

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-65 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 595, where it was described (in part) as follows:  "This coin is struck from the regular dies, but using nickel for the planchet instead of the usual silver composition. Apparently extremely rare, as neither Judd nor Pollock reported any sales of this particular pattern issue. During 1871, these experimental pieces were struck in copper, aluminum and nickel, all with reeded edges from the regular issue dies. These pieces were probably struck for special friends of the mint, and obviously were created on some whim and not to test the various metals for suitability as planchets. As to this particular combination struck in nickel, we suspect that this coin may be unique, as we could find no report of an auction sale in recent history. It is also the only coin graded by either NGC or PCGS. The coin is boldly struck and well preserved, but the planchet shows some minor roughness. An untoned delight to behold."

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2002" by The Professional Coin Grading Service