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    1866 Five-Cent, Judd-489A, R.6, PR 64. 2 mm. thick planchet. The obverse is virtually as adopted but with a tiny motto and a ball dividing the date. The reverse is quite distinctive with a narrow laurel wreath enclosing a "Dutch 5," a digit of bulbous tip and knob with a fat upright. The U in UNITED is recut and there are a couple of die scratches at the end of leaves that were transferred to the coin, indicating a hurried or careless manufacture of this design. This coin appears slightly thicker than a regular nickel, however, this may be an illusion created by the high rims that encircle both sides, as the weight is exactly what it should be. Neither Judd nor Adams-Woodin mention thick and thin planchets for this pattern. The piece is unusually brilliant for a copper-nickel proof; an ancient coat of lacquer trapped some dust particles and these give a sparkling texture to the piece. The Garrett coin was a Choice Proof and it realized an impressive $5,750 in March 1980. (PCGS# 60489)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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