A popular and well-known Transitional issue, the 1860 Judd-267 Half Dime combines the outgoing obverse of the Stars Obverse type with the Cereal Wreath reverse used for regular issue production from 1860-1873. As such, examples of this type do not display the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA on either side. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
Prepared as a numismatic delicacy in business strike as opposed to proof format, examples of this Transitional type have been extremely popular with collectors since the 1860s. A richly toned Gem, the present example is awash in bold charcoal-gray patina that, at more direct angles, allows appreciation of brighter cobalt-blue and reddish-rose undertones. We note a bold strike in most areas and freedom from distracting abrasions. Rare in this high of a grade!