1869 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-697, Pollock-776, High R.6

For this Standard Silver design, the head of Liberty is crowned with three large stars and the motto is placed beneath the bust. The reverse has 10 CENTS in the center, crowded by a thick wreath of oak and laurel. Struck in silver with a plain edge.

PR63 $1,495.00 (Sep 10, 2009 HA.com)
1870 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-837, Pollock-928, R.5

The obverse features a bust of Liberty right with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around and a scroll with IN GOD WE TRUST below. Liberty wears a cap ornamented with three stars. On the reverse, the denomination 10 CENTS and the date 1870 are crowded inside a wreath of cotton and corn, with the inscription STANDARD above. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

PR63 $1,380.00 (Sep 10, 2009 HA.com)
1870 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-851, Pollock-958, Low R.7

Standard Silver design for the dime with a bust of Liberty facing right on the obverse ornamented with a single star. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is at the top, and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST is on a scroll below. The denomination 10 CENTS and the date 1870 are centered on the reverse within a wreath of cotton and corn. The word STANDARD is at the upper border. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. USPatterns.com estimates that about half a dozen pieces are known.

PR65 $2,530.00 (Jul 31, 2009 HA.com)
1869 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-708, Pollock-787, R.5

On the obverse Liberty faces right, wearing a headband that is adorned with a single large star in the forehead area. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA borders the upper periphery, with IN GOD WE TRUST in a curved ribbon below. Reverse: STANDARD SILVER around upper edge with 10 / CENTS in an oak and laurel wreath. Struck in silver with a plain edge. This is a relatively common Standard Silver issue.

PR64 $1,265.00 (Apr 30, 2009 HA.com)
1870 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-843, Pollock-942, Low R.6

The obverse has a head of Liberty with a diadem in her hair and a scroll beneath the bust rather than the date. The reverse is simply laid out with 10 CENTS in the center, surrounded by a wreath of cotton and corn with STANDARD above. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

PR64 $1,208.65 (Apr 30, 2009 HA.com)
1869 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-696, Pollock-775, R.5

Liberty is adorned with three large stars, and the motto is displayed in a banner beneath the bust. The reverse has 10 CENTS in the center, surrounded by a thick wreath of oak and laurel. STANDARD SILVER is across the upper reverse border, and the date fills the exergue. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

PR66 $1,840.00 (Feb 5, 2009 HA.com)
1869 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-700, Pollock-779, Low R.7

On the obverse, a right-facing Liberty wears a Phrygian cap decorated with three stars. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA borders the upper periphery of the obverse, with IN GOD WE TRUST in a curved ribbon below. The reverse displays STANDARD SILVER around the upper edge, and 10 CENTS is inside an oak and laurel wreath. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge.

Specialists agree that less than six examples of Judd-700 exist in all grades, although eight pieces are represented in the combined population data at NGC and PCGS--obviously the result of resubmissions of the same pattern. Andrew Pollock (1994) identifies three specimens, including the current offering, the Connecticut State Library piece, and the King Farouk Judd-700 pattern. Of the three metals used for the Standard Silver patterns, the copper and aluminum issues are the most elusive today.

PR67 Cameo $5,175.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1869 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-702, Pollock-781, R.5

On the obverse a right-facing Liberty wears a starless tiara with a plain band. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA borders the upper periphery, with IN GOD WE TRUST in a curved ribbon below. The reverse shows STANDARD SILVER around the upper edge, with 10 / CENTS in an oak and laurel wreath. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

Pollock (1994) writes: "Adams and Woodin report that nine-piece sets of the different 'Standard Silver' designs and denominations were offered by the Mint for $15. Some sixty-nine sets are said to have been actually made, although some one hundred sets were originally planned." The Mint selected silver, copper, and aluminum planchets to strike the many different combinations of the Standard Silver patterns. Of the three, silver was used most often, especially with a reeded edge collar.

PR64 $1,495.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1869 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-703, Pollock-782, High R.6

On the obverse a right-facing Liberty wears a starless tiara with a plain band behind. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA borders the upper periphery, with IN GOD WE TRUST in a curved ribbon below. The reverse offers STANDARD SILVER around the upper edge, with 10 / CENTS in an oak and laurel wreath. Struck in silver with a plain edge.

The reeded edge version of this silver pattern appears to be three times more available than the current plain edge variant. Why the Mint decided to employ both reeded and plain edge collars to strike the various Standard Silver patterns is not specifically documented, although the simple reason likely has to do with the concept of showing as much variety as possible in the proposed patterns. Switching a die setup from a reeded edge collar to a plain edge arrangement would have been a relatively easy procedure.

PR64 $1,495.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1869 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-709, Pollock-788, High R.6

This Standard Silver design variety has only one star at the front of Liberty's head on the obverse. The reverse has 10 CENTS in the center, crowded by a wreath of oak and laurel, with STANDARD SILVER 1869 around the margin. Struck in silver with a plain edge, although the untoned surfaces and cameo contrast are reminiscent of an aluminum alloy.

PR65 $1,782.50 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1869 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-710, Pollock-789, Low R.7

On the obverse Liberty faces right, wearing a headband that is adorned with a single large star in the forehead area. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA borders the upper periphery, with IN GOD WE TRUST in a curved ribbon below. On the reverse STANDARD SILVER is around the upper edge, with 10 / CENTS in an oak and laurel wreath. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

The majority of patterns produced with this die marriage are found on silver planchets. The copper and aluminum versions are much less available. The Official Red Book of Auction Records by John Dannreuther and Jeff Garrett, which includes records of pattern sales between 1990 and 2005, identifies only one Judd-710 pattern, a PCGS-certified PR65 Brown specimen sold in our January 2002 FUN auction (lot 11515). All of the other five varieties in the Judd-708 to Judd-713 grouping are represented by two or more sales in the same reference, which is a clear statement of the true rarity of Judd-710.

USPatterns.com suggests that "about a dozen [pieces] are known."

PR66 Red and Brown $3,220.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1870 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-839, Pollock-930, High R.7

Obverse Liberty Head with cap and three stars, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around, motto IN GOD WE TRUST on scroll below. Reverse 10 / CENTS / 1870 inside an open agricultural wreath, STANDARD at the rim above. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

Rated High R.7, this is an extremely elusive variety, even among patterns. USPatterns.com estimates that only a half-dozen examples are known, the vast majority of which qualify for the "Brown" designation.

PR65 Brown $4,025.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1870 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-844, Pollock-943, Low R.6

Obverse Liberty Head with starless cap, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around, motto IN GOD WE TRUST on scroll below. Reverse 10 / CENTS / 1870 inside an open agricultural wreath, STANDARD at the rim above. Struck in silver with a plain edge.

Although it is overgeneralizing (there are exceptions), the silver, plain or reeded edge 1870 Standard Silver dimes are generally more obtainable than their copper or aluminum counterparts.

PR65 $1,725.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1870 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-849, Pollock-956, R.5

Obverse Liberty Head with hairbun and star on headband, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around, motto IN GOD WE TRUST on scroll below. Reverse 10 / CENTS / 1870 inside an open agricultural wreath, STANDARD at the rim above. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

Plentiful for a pattern issue, ranked as R.5 by both Judd and USPatterns.com.

PR66 $2,530.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1870 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-855, Pollock-935, High R.6

Obverse Liberty Head with cap and three stars, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around, motto IN GOD WE TRUST on scroll below. Reverse 10 / CENTS inside a small oak and laurel wreath. STANDARD SILVER, in large letters, arcs along the top half of the reverse rim. The date 1870 is at the lower reverse rim. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

This is one of two reverse styles used on Standard Silver dimes in 1870, Date Within Wreath and Date Below Wreath. The differences in the two variants are fairly striking.

PR64 $1,725.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1870 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-846, Pollock-945, R.7

Liberty wears a starless tiara, and the large agricultural wreath consists of corn and cotton. Struck in copper with a plain edge. These dies are seldom available in copper alloy; silver examples are seen about four times more often.

PR65 Red $3,450.00 (Jul 31, 2008 HA.com)
1870 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-850, Pollock-957, High R.6

This entry in the Standard Silver series presents a bust of Liberty facing right with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above and IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll below. LIBERTY is not present on the headband. The reverse has 10 CENTS and the date in the center of a wreath of cotton and corn with STANDARD above. Struck in silver with a plain edge.

PR64 $1,840.00 (May 29, 2008 HA.com)
1870 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-869, Pollock-965, High R.7

1870 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-869, Pollock-965, High R.7,  PCGS. The same Standard Silver design that was used in 1869. It shows a bust of Liberty, facing right, wearing a single star on the headband. The reverse has 10 CENTS in the center, surrounded by an oak and laurel wreath with STANDARD SILVER above and the date in the exergue. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

PR65 Red and Brown $5,175.00 (Aug 9, 2007 HA.com)

1870 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-845, Pollock-944, Low R.7

Standard Silver design with a right-facing bust of Liberty on the obverse and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll below. Liberty is wearing a diadem, and the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is around the border. The denomination 10 CENTS and the date 1870 are centered on the reverse within a wreath of cotton and corn. The word STANDARD is at the top. Struck in copper with a plain edge. About six pieces are known of this pattern.

PR65 Brown $2,415.00 (Mar 15, 2007 HA.com)
1869 10C Standard Silver Dime, Judd-705, Pollock-784, Low R.7

Standard Silver Design B: Liberty wears a diadem with her hair tied in a bun as more fully described for Judd-702. Struck in copper with a plain edge. Current estimates suggest that about 10 to 12 examples of this pattern variety are known.

PR65 Red and Brown $1,955.00 (Jan 2, 2007 HA.com)
1870 10C Standard Silver Ten Cents, Judd-859, Pollock-940, R.8

An exceedingly scarce Standard Silver pattern, the obverse design depicts Liberty, facing right, wearing a cap that is ornamented with three stars. The reverse has 10 CENTS in the center, surrounded by an oak and laurel wreath with STANDARD SILVER 1870 at the margin. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge.

PR65 $4,370.00 (Sep 27, 2002 HA.com)
Standard Dime Patterns
Source for information and pictures courtesy of  Heritage Coin Auctions
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