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1866 Rays Shield Nickel, MS66
Above-Average Strike and Surfaces

1866 5C Rays MS66 PCGS. The 1866 has the distinction of being the first cupro-nickel five cent coin struck for regular and proof U.S. coinage. Mushy, poor strikes are typical for the business strikes; Peters and Mohon (1995) state: "Finding a fully struck piece scores a 10 in difficulty." This Premium Gem comes very close to being fully struck. The veins in the leaves stand out, as do most of the horizontal shield lines (some of the vertical lines in the stripes are weak). On the reverse, all star centrils are sharp, as are most of the rays. The lustrous surfaces are devoid of mentionable marks, and carbon spots, common to the issue, are lacking. Only a couple of minor cracks are noted, suggesting that this was likely among the first coins to be struck. Population: 32 in 66, 0 finer (8/13).(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 22NX, PCGS# 3790)

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September, 2013
25th-29th
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