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Lot 3086

1868 Pattern Half Dime. Nickel, plain edge. Judd-638. Pollock-710, Low Rarity-6. PCGS graded MS-65. Whitish in color, almost silver in appearance, thus to the uninitiated eye, this looks like a regular Half Dime of 1868. However, the plain edge gives the piece away as a rare die trial made of Nickel. Why these pieces were made is a mystery (they were also struck in Copper and Aluminum), but they are now a happy part of the U.S. Pattern family -- and eagerly collected as such. Interestingly, this piece was made as a circulation strike and not as a Proof, making it the only Mint State graded example certified by either NGC or PCGS (PCGS # 60856) Estimated Value $4,000 - 5,000


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