1868 10C Ten Cents, Judd-647, Pollock-720, Low R.6
The obverse features the almost identical design used on large cents from 1843 to 1857, while the reverse is similar to the Coronet large cent except the wreath is smaller and open, and TEN CENTS is in the center of the wreath. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.
Judd-647 and Judd-648 are clearly produced from two different obverse dies. The obverse of Judd-647 has the left base of the 1 over the left center of a dentil, the curl point about over the right edge of the first 8, and the final 8 clearly recut. The obverse of Judd-648 has the left base of the 1 over the right center of a dentil, the curl point between the inner and outer right curves of the 8, and the 86 minutely recut. Judd-648 is also a blundered obverse die, with the tops of stray digits visible in the border below the 86. The reverse dies are the same on both Judd numbers, with the top of a stray A midway between the A and M.
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1868 10C Ten Cents, Judd-648, Pollock-721, High R.6
The obverse uses the head of Liberty as seen on Braided Hair large cents, last produced in 1857, and is mated with a reverse that reads TEN CENTS in the center, surrounded by a laurel wreath. Struck in copper with a plain edge.
The obverse die is blundered, with the tops of at least two digits embedded in the border dentils at 6 o'clock. It is the same die that was also used for Judd-610 and possibly Judd-611, but not the same as the Judd-647.
Advanced large cent collectors sometimes pursue the 1868 ten cent patterns, as they are the same size as the old large cents and use the same obverse design.