Admirable 1865 Shield Nickel Pattern, No Rays
1865 5C Shield Five Cents, Judd-418, Pollock-490, High R.6, PR66
Judd-418, Circa 1869 Restrike, PR66
Ex: Simpson. This pattern mule pairs a regular issue 1865
Shield nickel obverse with a regular issue No Rays reverse die,
Fletcher Hub IIc, first used to strike business strike 1869 Shield
nickels. From this evidence, one can safely conclude that the
present pattern was struck in 1869 or later, despite its 1865 date.
Struck in nickel with a plain edge. The obverse shows many die
cracks, die lines, striations, and a separated right-inside berry
on the wreath; the reverse die has been overpolished, with lost
detail in the letters D, S, and A in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This
lovely Premium Gem proof boasts admirable gold, heather, saffron,
and lilac patina on each side, with little evidence of contact and
a bold strike. Population: 4 in 66, 0 finer (7/10).
From The Bob Simpson Collection.
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