1870 H10C Standard Silver Half Dime, Judd-810, Pollock-898, High R.7

A seated Liberty faces left while supporting a shield with a scroll inscribed LIBERTY on her right side and holding an olive branch in her left hand. A crudely fashioned cap atop a pole awkwardly looms in the background. UNITED STATES / OF AMERICA occupies the periphery with the date, 1870, in exergue. The reverse design features the denomination, 5 / CENTS, enclosed within a wreath of cotton and corn that is tied with a bow at the bottom. The legend STANDARD--in smaller letters--is at the upper periphery. Struck in silver with a plain edge.

Commentary. Judd-809 through Judd-814 patterns of 1870 introduced the first and only use of the half dime denomination for the Standard Silver series, a type that was absent from the 1869 issues. William Barber's obverse die is the same used to strike the 1870 three cent silver patterns, Judd-796 through Judd-801.

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1870 H10C Standard Silver Half Dime, Judd-811, Pollock-899, Low R.7

A seated Liberty faces left while supporting a shield with a scroll inscribed with LIBERTY on her right side and holding an olive branch in her left hand. A crudely fashioned cap atop a pole awkwardly looms in the background. UNITED STATES / OF AMERICA occupies the periphery with the date, 1870, in exergue. The reverse design features the denomination, 5 CENTS, enclosed within a wreath of cotton and corn tied with a bow at the bottom. The legend STANDARD--in smaller letters--is at the upper periphery. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

Commentary. The Judd-809 through Judd-814 half dime patterns are described as "numismatic productions" in the ninth edition of the Judd reference. Q. David Bowers elaborates in The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Museum Sylloge: "In 1870, silver half dimes did not circulate in the East or Midwest, nor had they since the summer of 1862. By this time the nickel five cent piece was well established (having been introduced in 1866), and there were no plans to create a new half dime design. The Coinage Act of 1873 abolished the half dime." In other words, the Mint produced the Standard Silver half dime patterns for the benefit of numismatists, as well as the coffers of certain officials and insiders.

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1870 H10C Standard Silver Half Dime, Judd-809, Pollock-897, Low R.7

William Barber's Seated Liberty design is paired with a familiar Standard Silver reverse motif, a wreath of corn and cotton and 5 CENTS in the center. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Probably around a dozen examples are known of this scarcer Standard Silver issue.

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1870 H10C Standard Silver Half Dime, Judd-812, Pollock-900, Low R.7

The Barber Standard Silver design with Liberty seated with hand resting on a shield and Liberty pole behind. The reverse displays 5 CENTS surrounded by a wreath of cotton and corn. Struck in copper with a plain edge.

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Standard Seated  Half Dime Patterns
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