1940 5C Reverse of 1940 PR68 NGC. CAC....
Beautifully Toned 1940 Reverse of 1940 Nickel, PR681940 5C Reverse of 1940 PR68 NGC. CAC. While a proof die with the wavy-steps Reverse of 1938 somehow slipped into production in 1940, most coins of that issue have at best five and a half steps--even on proofs--and many of them show tiny carbon spots. The straight-steps Reverse of 1940 proofs "always have six steps," according to Bernard Nagengast in the Jefferson Nickel Analyst (second edition, 2002). This phenomenal specimen is no exception, but it is its intense and beautiful coloration that garners the Star designation. The surfaces, expectedly pristine, show an ice-blue obverse with a touch of golden-orange and purple at the rims. The reverse offers more lilac-pink, with similar rainbow hues at the rim. One of two pieces at NGC graded PR68 , with none finer (6/09).(Registry values: N991) (NGC ID# 22YC, Variety PCGS# 4177, Base PCGS# 4172)
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