||1868 H10C Half Dime, Judd-639, Pollock-711, Low R.7, PR64+ Cameo NGC. CAC. This 1868 Seated half dime pattern is struck in aluminum with a plain edge from the regular-issue dies for the year. This piece, like its other counterparts in this auction, was originally part of a set, from Indian cent through Liberty Head double eagle, housed in the original purple morocco U.S. Mint case. This set was acquired by Eric P. Newman from the distant heirs of Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch, who held office at the time these pieces were struck. McCulloch served two nonconsecutive terms under three presidents (Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, and Chester A. Arthur) as the 27th and 36th Secretary of the Treasury, and was a staunch supporter of the gold standard and the retirement of silver-backed currency. The quality of the pieces in this set is quite high, especially considering that aluminum is actually an unforgiving coinage metal. This piece is well preserved, showing good eye appeal and no mentionable marks or corrosion. Seated coinage specialists as well as pattern aficionados will find this coin most appealing. The finest at PCGS is one PR66 (8/14). Part of a complete 16-piece aluminum proof set. Ex: Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch (circa 1868); McCulloch family; Eric Newman; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $3818.75. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.