Seated Indian Headdress Half Dime Patterns
1871 H10C Half Dime, Judd-1068, Pollock-1204, High R.7

HW Bass Jr. Liberty is seated facing left on the obverse. The date is below. She is wearing an Indian headdress and holding a liberty pole with her right hand. Her left hand rests on a globe inscribed LIBERTY. A circle of 13 stars surrounds her. The reverse design is the same as was used to coin regular-issue half dimes. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. About a half dozen silver strikings are known, and examples were also produced in copper and aluminum.

PR66 $5,175.00 (Jul 9, 2009 HA.com)
1871 H10C Standard Silver Half Dime, Judd-1059, Pollock-1194, High R.7

Liberty faces left and is seated on a globe while supporting a Liberty pole with her right hand. The reverse has the legends STANDARD and 5 CENTS separated by a wreath of cotton and corn. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. This design was executed by William Barber as Longacre had died in 1869. It is one of four design types produced this year. Sets were produced in silver, copper, and aluminum.

PR64 $4,887.50 (Apr 30, 2009 HA.com)
1871 H10C Standard Silver Half Dime, Judd-1060, Pollock-1195, Low R.7

Per Pollock (1994): 17.6 grains, 0.609 inches, The obverse is the posthumous James B. Longacre Indian Princess design, in a starless field with date in exergue. The reverse shows 5 / CENTS, the latter in an upcurving arc, surrounded by a wreath of corn and cotton, with STANDARD in tiny letters at the upper rim. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

PR66  Red and Brown $5,462.50 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1871 H10C Half Dime, Judd-1069, Pollock-1205, Low R.7

James Longacre's "Indian Princess" design features Liberty facing left, wearing an Indian headdress. Her right hand supports a pole topped by a Liberty Cap, and her left hand rests on a globe that is inscribed LIBERTY. Two flags behind Liberty are draped down behind the globe. The field has 13 stars around with the date below. The reverse is from the regular production half dime die that was first introduced in 1860. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

PR66 Brown $4,312.50 (Jul 12, 2007 HA.com)
1871 H10C Half Dime, Judd-1064, Pollock-1199, R.8

Longacre's Indian Princess design with Liberty seated and wearing an Indian headdress, one hand resting on a globe, the other holding a Liberty pole, with conjoined flags behind. The reverse is the regular issue for Liberty Seated half dimes. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge.

PR64 $8,050.00 (May 9, 2007 HA.com)
1871 H10C Standard Silver Half Dime, Judd-1067, Pollock-1202, R.8

Longacre's Indian princess design is featured on the obverse, here featured with stars around the periphery, and paired with a reverse featuring the denomination inside of a wreath of cotton and corn and the inscription STANDARD above, i.e., the "Standard Reverse" design of 1870. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. Boldly executed throughout and attractive for a Gem proof example of this issue.

The surfaces have a trace of verdigris on the left obverse near the third star. On the reverse there is a minor planchet streak extending at an angle up to the left from the upper left ribbon bow, and these can be used for future pedigree tracing. Examination of the plates from the Sieck/Rothert coin do not appear to match and that may be a different specimen than offered here, but with the quality of photographs from that period, this may never be known and this could be the same coin sold in those previous sales. USPatterns.com says "fewer than 3 confirmed," which certainly implies that either two or just one exist of this issue.

PR65 $20,700.00 (Apr 26, 2006 HA.com)
1871 H10C Half Dime, Judd-1063, Pollock-1198, High R.7

Longacre's Indian Princess obverse without stars, paired with a regular dies half dime reverse. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

PR63 Brown $3,450.00 (Mar 2, 2006 HA.com)
Source for information and pictures courtesy of  Heritage Coin Auctions
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